Who are we?
Our company had an unlikely start back in 1899 - specialising in tar spraying machines!
Whilst working on a project at Petworth, young engineer F G Barnes heard of a small business for sale in Godalming. The first few years of business saw mostly maintenance of the local council's steam road rollers, but then the business began to grow.
Due to his engineering skills, F G Barnes became involved in the maintenance of the new ‘horseless carriages' beginning to appear on the scene. The roads at the time had very different surfaces to the tarmac of today, and Barnes became involved in inventing a machine to spray and brush liquid tar on to a stone road surface. The machine could bind the stone particles together to form a dust-free surface, which was quite an innovation at the time.
The engineering and car businesses grew and grew and after World War One, diversified into hire cars and a driving school. In 1920, Barnes got the agency for Vulcan cars and commercials and formed the first link with General Motors by becoming a Chevrolet dealer. By 1922, both sons joined the business and in 1936 they opened the site at Guildford.
During the Second World War, the premises were taken over by the War Office to repair Churchill tanks, and the Godalming depot produced munitions for the war effort.
The post war years saw the passing of F G Barnes, so his two sons then took over the company and continued to supply Vauxhall and Bedford vehicles. In 1971 larger premises were sought in Slyfield Green, and so the industrial estate expanded.
The grandson of F G Barnes continues to run the business. Over the years, further franchises have been taken on, and we now offer multiple franchises on multiple sites - a far cry from the original one man business set up all those years ago!
However, we can confidently say that our business has been built with care, over many years and we are proud of - The Barnes Group - a tradition of excellence.
Careers Information and Current Vacancies
The Barnes Group employs over 200 staff who work in a range of interesting and varied roles to assist the company in achieving a first-class customer experience.
Our workforce is made up of technical and non-technical staff, managers and administrators, sales and aftersales professionals.
Our Apprentices are trained through manufacturer placements and are based on site at their chosen branch, undertaking a 3 year qualification. Depending on the franchise, this usually involves classroom based training with the manufacturer and workplace-based assessments back at the dealership workshop. At the end of the 3 years, Apprentices graduate to qualified Technicians at ATA level one. After that, the sky is the limit, with on-going training available for all our makes and models.
The Barnes Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all members of the community.
Our current vacancies are detailed below, to apply, please click on the relevant vacancy and upload your CV via the contact form.
|Job Reference||Job Title||Location||Salary||Closing Date||Link|
|NissSaleConsul||Sales Consultant||FG Barnes Bishops Nissan Guildford||Competitive||31/12/2018||View|
|BishGuildWarrSerAdmin||Warranty/Service Administrator||FG Barnes Bishops Nissan Guildford||Competitive||30/11/2018||View|
|NissWeekDealHost||Weekend Dealership Host||FG Barnes Bishops Nissan Guildford||Competitive||31/12/2018||View|
|NissDealHost||Dealership Host||FG Barnes Bishops Nissan Guildford||Competitive||31/12/2018||View|
|SaleManaNissGuild||Sales Manager||FG Barnes Bishops Nissan Guildford||Competitive||30/11/2018||View|
|BishGuildSaleProGen||Sales Product Genius||FG Barnes Bishops Nissan Guildford||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|TechGuild||Technician||FG Barnes Bishops Fiat/Alfa Romeo Guildford||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|ServAdGuild||Service Advisor||FG Barnes Bishops Fiat/Alfa Romeo Guildford||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|MaidSenPanBeat||Bodyshop Senior Panel Beater||FG Barnes Maidstone Bodyshop||Competitive||30/11/2018||View|
|MaidTrainApprenTech||Trainee/Apprentice Technician||FG Barnes Maidstone||Competitive||31/12/2018||View|
|MaidTech||Technician||FG Barnes Maidstone||Competitive||30/11/2018||View|
|MaidCollectDelivDrive||Collection & Delivery Driver||FG Barnes Maidstone Service||Competitive Pay||28/02/2019||View|
|MaidAccountAssist||Accounts Assistant||FG Barnes Maidstone||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|UsedCarSalesExecMaid||Used Car Sales Executive||FG Barnes Maidstone||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|salesexecmaid||Vauxhall Sales Executive||FG Barnes Maidstone||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|CarSalesAdmin||Car Sales Administrator||FG Barnes Maidstone And Canterbury||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|AccoSecDes||Group Accountant / Company Secretary Designate||FG Barnes Guildford||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|vauxguilpartsadv||Parts Advisor||FG Barnes Guildford Vauxhall||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|GuildServTech||Service Technician||FG Barnes Guildford Vauxhall||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|
|DAFTechGuild||DAF Guildford Technician||FG Barnes DAF Guildford||Competitive||31/01/2019||View|