The Morgan Motor Company, manufacturer of iconic British sports cars, is to ramp up its recruitment programme, despite economic uncertainty and a challenging automotive industry landscape.
The Malvern-based firm, which this year celebrates its 110th year in business, now employs a record 233 staff. Thanks to the recruitment drive, over 40 new roles have been created so far this year, and there are currently 10 open job vacancies across various departments and levels of the business, including a number of new senior roles. After starting 2019 with 204 employees, the company projects a workforce of 240 by the end of the year.
The news is delivered just six months after Morgan announced significant investment from Investindustrial, which is now the majority shareholder in the company. The increase in recruitment coincides with improvements to infrastructure at Morgan’s factory in Malvern Link, which has been home to the sports car manufacturer for the last 105 years. A seven-figure sum has been set aside for continued improvements to the historic factory site, while a new Technology Centre and Visitor Centre are currently in discussion.
The company currently employs 12 apprentices across a range of core craft areas as it looks to continue training and educating the next generation of craftsmen and women. Further links to education have also been strengthened leading to new employees starting from the University of Wolverhampton and Heart of Worcestershire College, following successful periods of work experience.
The investment in new staff and resources comes following the launch of Morgan’s latest model, the Plus Six, which has sold in record numbers and marks the beginning of a new era of sports cars from the firm. Morgan’s Engineering and Design department has recruited almost 20 new job roles over the last six months alone. The increased engineering capability ensures that Morgan can stay ahead of the latest legislative requirements and explore cutting-edge technology to match its unrivalled craftsmanship. Morgan has embarked on a journey to modestly increase production over the next five years and will expand marketing and distribution operations in order to meet this plan.
Steve Morris, CEO of Morgan Motor Company, said: “We are delighted to be recruiting an unprecedented number of new roles into the Morgan business despite challenging times within the wider economic landscape. The increase in employment levels is a boost for the local economy and reaffirms the company’s commitment to expanding in Malvern, our home for the last 110 years.
“The news that our engineering and design departments are continuing to grow is significant, and we look forward to sharing some of their work during the next 12 months.”