Blue Diamond Services & COVID-19

23 March 2020

As old As the Industry, As Modern as the Hour was a phrase long used by the Riley Motor Company in its advertising. Although this slogan is now over 95 years old, it has never been more relevant to our business and our industry.

These are challenging times for all of us. And now, more than ever, it is about doing the right thing and supporting the United Kingdom’s efforts with social distancing to combat the spread of Covid-19. To this effect, we will be closing our workshops in Bicester and Southend from today, 23rd March 2020.

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, especially with a full workshop of cars to be worked on. But it is a decision that will ensure the safety of you, our customers, our staff, and help with the country’s aim of flattening the curve.

Our staff are the heartbeat of our business and we are facing this challenge as a team. As such, they will continue to be paid their full salary whilst we are closed. This is simply a temporary pause in our work on Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering Rileys. We all look forward to the time when we can welcome you and your cars into our workshops. Our main telephone number and email will continue to be monitored so please contact us if you have any queries. And, as always, you can find us online at and on Facebook. We’ll continue to reach out to you with any new updates.

In the meantime, to coin a phrase that the Jaguar social media team started; Stay Safe, Be Kind and Look Forwards.

-John, Mike, Matt and all the team at Bicester and Southend.