MBE for Chorley Group boss Andrew

Chorley Group chairman Andrew Turner has received the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the local community.

The award is in recognition for his support for charities in the Chorley area as well as his work providing employment locally.

As chairman of Chorley Group he has built a successful business trading across Europe - making it one of the country’s best known motor groups and now employing around 250 people.

And as founding chairman of ‘Inspire’ Chorley Youth Zone, he has taken a lead role in securing more than £2.5m of investment to guarantee its long term success and sustainability.

Andrew said: “I am truly humbled to receive this honour — it really should be shared with all the people who have worked alongside me over the years at both Chorley Group and the Inspire Youth Zone. Their passion and hard work are the things that drive me on.

“I am particularly delighted that this honour will put the spotlight on the need for a centre like Inspire which does so much to support young people in our community.”

This honour really should be shared with all the people at Chorley Group and Inspire Youth Zone.

Andrew has also been actively involved with MENCAP, one year raising enough funds to cover Chorley MENCAP’s entire running costs for a full year.

Chorley Group’s financial backing as Chorley FC’s lead sponsor for many years has also helped the community club flourish. This year the Magpies won promotion to the National League.

Chorley Group is a £130m turnover family business which he founded from his home in 1989.

From buying one car from a newspaper and selling it in the auctions the next week, the business now sells more than 10,000 vehicles per year.

Inspire Youth Zone had a membership of more than 5,000 young people in its first year of operation and these young people that have now inspired Andrew to take on the biggest physical challenge of his life.

He is setting out to climb Mount Everest in October this year with the aim of raising more than £25,000 for the young people of Inspire.