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Phil West  says:

George White goes into administration

George White Motors, the UK’s leading motorcycle dealer group, has gone into administration this morning, MCN has learnt. Rumours of the closure began circulating early this morning with suggestions that staff at its dealerships in Swindon, Plymouth and Torbay had been made redundant. The shock news was then confirmed at around 11am to MCN by owner Steve Gannicott who said the...

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Oct 06

Posts: 587

Eddy998 says:

One word!

OVERTRADING!! It catches out a lot of companies and unfortunately George White has just  become another victim! Ciao

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Jan 12

Posts: 1

123d456c789 says:

Maintenance Plan

Alex. If you're servicing plan has been detailed as part of your finance agreement then the finance company is liable to pick up the cost of the plan for its full term. It probably wasn't included on the finance agreement paperwork but it's worth giving Blackhorse Finance a call to check it out.

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Apr 03

Posts: 1140

paulglassup says:

tbuk...How do you expect dealers to stay open? They aren't charities you know! We operate on 10 to 15 % gross margin, Im sure you think thats reasonable enough.

This is sad for the employees and I hope they are treated fairly, but also find work quickly. Ive been there before and its not nice (redundancy, not George Whites).

Goes to show that the motorcycle supermarket idea is flawed...I would have thought after Carnell/City etc. that people would have learned.


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Oct 08

Posts: 11

advectus says:


I have a plan...... they should change their name to RBS, the government couldn't possibly let them go bust and will have to bail them out with public funds. Not only could they continue to trade but all the staff could be given a bonus for not meeting their sales targets and we, the tax payer, can continue to support them up to and beyond the point where they are making a profit..... ah....just spotted the problem.... they aren't a bank are they ;-(

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

Welcome to the UK. Everybody now works in a call centre, Asdas or McDonalds. Absolute joke that successive governments have let the country get into this state.

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Mar 09

Posts: 8

neiljharding says:

the only way forward i can see is to buy BMW or Triumph because there wont be very many Japanese

dealers left by this time next year,at this rate, and you know this sort of thing wont happen to BMW.and

Triumph hopefully.

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Nostrodamus. 2012. The world's fucked.

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Feb 03

Posts: 45

mjf65 says:

I bought a bike from them in 2003 before they expanded, the p/x was good and the after service was excellent during the warranty although being a Yam it didn't need anything doing unlike my Triumph!

I think its the way bike business will be for a number of years, just wander around a large dealer e.g. Fowlers and the salesmen are falling over to sell you a bike that cost 30% more than it did three years ago when in reality if your still working your wages have gone down 5%! Looks like I might be developing a long term relationship with the Speed Triple.

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Feb 09

Posts: 83

brevav2 says:

Yes, welcome to Cameron and Cleggs Wonderful (NOT) 'Bannana Republic'..err, i mean country, sadly a sign of the times, and it going to get even worse, at least for us ordinary people,while the 'Elite' banking families and their hencemen (the politicians) lord it over us, they have created mass unemployment, fuel, food and heating poverty, and for those fortunate to have work its temporary part time minimum wage jobs, any suprise bike sales along with many other 'consumer' items are in decline,and of course added to that is the Facist EU's efforts to phase out biking which is well underway, If you vote for any mainstream political party (all EU puppets) you only have yourself to blame, they dont give a damm about us, their priority being keeping their tickets on the gravy train and cushy lifestyles.


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May 06

Posts: 40

magpiemale says:

big deal...

For some who think this is neither here nor there then think again as the fewer the bike dealers the less discounts there will be,as no competition means fuller prices rather than bargains.I think if dealers want customers then learn from the motor trade my car from Honda has a service plan,so I keep going back for the service at the same place thus keeping my warranty happy all for £19 a month.dealers should do thr same for say £15 a month this way you are protected from increases in servie parts n VAT rises.this is something I have never been offered with the bike and I have had 2 from New.feel sad about George white as I used to like the ride down and being with like minded people too.

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