Marshall Motor Group has announced the extension of their finance partnership arrangements with Santander Consumer Finance to the end of 2016.

Santander Consumer Finance began supporting Marshall’s 70 franchised dealership businesses in 2009, since when expectations for business for both partners has been "exceeded", according to Graham Prestedge, commercial director for the bank’s retail lending arm.

Daksh Gupta, chief executive of Marshall Motor Group, said: "The extension of our trading partnership ensures that we’re well placed to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead."

Gupta added 12 salespeople from the Group had enrolled in Santander’s IMI-accredited Business Manager Foundation course to develop the F&I capability of company showroom staff.