“Increasing costs and mounting debts” sees family-run Ipswich garage close

Owner announces forced closure of garage just days before it celebrated 30 years in business

“Increasing costs and mounting debts” sees family-run Ipswich garage close
The East Anglian Mini Centre in Ipswich.

East Anglian Mini Centre, in Ipswich, has gone into liquidation after it stopped trading last month after nearly 30 years of business.

The garage, which opened in 1989, was just a few months shy of celebrating its 30th anniversary when it was forced to shut because of “increasing costs and mounting debt”.

It specialised in both classic and BMW Minis and had been the subject of a BBC documentary in 2013.

Managing director, Ted Sparrow said: “It is with much sadness that I have to announce the immediate closure of The East Anglian Mini Centre Ltd, increasing costs and mounting debts have forced the issue.

“We nearly made it to 30 years of trading and in this time we have made many friends and would like to thank everyone for their support and custom.”

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    Eddie Bamber

    So sad to read this. Classic Minis alone would struggle to sustain a business, but I would have thought that the BMW side of the business would have proved profitable ?.

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    Dave

    With everybody moving to digital the garage world needs to move with the times. The older generation need to move the up and coming garages that have engaging websites

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    Peter fearnley

    Sorry to hear that a garage is closing due to overheads getting out of control I hope the owners tried speaking to advisors like the RMI to try to guide them back to profit good luck guys

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    S M Purves

    Unfortunately there is very little appreciation for old school values and standards, and even less loyalty to those who have served the industry to the highest standards over many years.

    Its pounds and pence and how fast a job can be done that the customer, concerns them self with now, and not the quality or standards of workmanship on offer.

    far to many people are blinded by the glass palace main dealer type garages, thinking if they look this good they must be the best, only to find out the hard way, that the service they received was little more than a tick book exercise with a very hefty bill.

    The motor trade will be a all the poorer for the loss of independent garages such as this mini centre.

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