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 June 08, 2004
New Franchisee In North West As Budget Looks To Expand UK Network

 Budget Rent a Car has added four new locations to its UK network following the appointment of Regal Vehicle Rentals Limited as a franchisee in the North West. The four new locations are Chester, Manchester South, Warrington and Workington. Budget now operates 80 locations in the UK and is actively seeking to expand its network further.

Des McCann, director of UK operations said: "We are delighted to welcome Regal to the Budget family. This new appointment signals our intention to grow the network in the UK and demonstrates the confidence of a successful entrepreneur in the Budget brand.

The Budget Warrington and Workington locations will be servicing the bulk of BNFL's corporate vehicle rental requirements at Risley and Sellafield.

"Regarding our expansion plans, we aim to add at least six more franchise locations before the end of the year. To this end, we recently appointed Alan Rimell as UK franchisee operations manager. One of his specific briefs is to develop the network further."

Brian Hastings, managing director of Regal Vehicle Rentals Limited commented: "We are delighted to celebrate our sixth anniversary in business by joining the Budget system. The Budget franchise provides us with a tremendous opportunity to move our business forward. Our corporate customers enjoy the personal service we deliver and will now benefit from access to an international network including major airport locations. In the past, we have worked in partnership with Budget on a shared supply agreement and look forward to renewing and strengthening ties."

Regal Vehicle Rentals Limited, which will now trade as Budget Car and Van rental, is based in Chester. Currently, the company employs over 50 staff and operates a fleet of over 350 cars and vans. The fleet size will be increased shortly to over 500 units.