Barkaways Ferrari drive to the next level

Property Posted 14/03/19
An award winning classic car business has assured its future with the purchase of their premises in East Peckham, near Tonbridge.

The business, Barkaways, a specialist in the restoration, maintenance, servicing and sales of Ferraris, has bought the premises where the company started in Arnolds Business Park.

Company founder Ian Barkaway is a member of TIGOSE, the international guild of specialist engineers and the IMI, Institute of the Motor Industry and has been involved in award winning Ferrari restoration for over 30 years. The company is very much a family business with Ian’s wife Andrea managing the business including HR and finance and one of their sons, Ben working in the workshop and assisting the service manager.

Ian has been in the motor industry his entire working life having completed an apprenticeship at Dutton Forshaw in Maidstone. He worked for a series of prestige car brands, and then settled with Ferrari before taking the plunge and starting his own business in its current form in 2011. There were just three in the team at the start, seven years later the company has grown to a team of seventeen and continues to grow.

Barkaways specialises in Ferrari restorations and the team has won 30 major concours awards at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace, Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court and Villa d’este at Lake Como in Italy.

Ian said: “Even at school I knew that I wanted to work in the motor industry and it is a dream come true to have our own business. The success of the business has been phenomenal; by concentrating on customer service and uncompromising attention to detail we have managed to grow year on year.

There is real satisfaction being able to unearth a tired classic Ferrari for a customer and by using the expertise in the team, and our own workshops, bodyshop and paint shop, returning them to their former glory. By doing just about everything in house we can keep a tight control on quality, something that’s important to our customers, regardless of whether they are here for a service or full restoration.

I’m committed to helping the younger generation get into engineering and am really pleased that Ben has joined us in the business. Having achieved his IMI qualifications, it’s a pleasure to see him in the workshop re building Ferrari engines.

Now that we own the premises which offer an ideal location, the future of the business is secure and that gives us the confidence to develop the site even further and continue to grow the company. We have a great team around us and I’m am really confident about the future.”

The company has banked with Barclays from the start and Ian is positive about the support he has received, particularly from his business manager Robert Pavey. He said: “From day one Robert made sure he understood the business and how we operate. He is very visible, often coming down to see how things are going and he is always available at the end of the phone when we need him.

Barclays business manager Robert Pavey said: “It’s great to see how Ian and Andrea are developing their business and I’m pleased to have been able to support them on the next stage of their growth. Our aim is to support successful businesses such as this up and down the UK and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Tom Tugendhat MBE, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said: “Barkaways is a fantastic and completely unique family business. Ian and Andrea have done a phenomenal job to get it to where it is now, and I’m thrilled that with the help of Barclays they’ve got a secure future in East Peckham. The level of skill within the business is incredible, and the work they do is unlike anything I’ve seen in our local community before. I look forward to seeing them flourish here for many years to come.”

As a point of interest, Barkaways is not the only company of its kind to successfully trade in motors at the Arnolds Business Park. Over 100 years ago the Arnold Motor Carriage company manufactured the Arnold automobile, the first production car to be made in the UK, on the same estate.

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