AN automotive marketing company is to expand overseas after recruiting two new members of staff.

Ultimotive, of Colchester, has taken on Ella Barber and Alex Youngs to support its growing international brand portfolio, which includes RAC and Moto GP.

The firm is to branch into the Australian market and has partnered with former Formula 1 champion Nigel Mansell as brand ambassador for Williams Car Care Products.

Miss Barber joins the company as a sales and marketing executive.

The former brand ambassador for an independent jeweller was named top sales person for three consecutive years after raising the highest sales revenue in five UK stores.

From there she went on to Colchester- based Aceville Publications as a senior account manager responsible for Period Ideas, Veggie Magazine, 100 Beautiful Kitchens and Your Vintage Home.

Mr Youngs began his career in insurance but is now general sales manager.

After heading the sales department at Stuart Alexander Insurance Brokers, Mr Youngs became a self-employed consultant at Marsh, the largest insurance broker in the world.

He helped to launch the company’s charity division before joining AutoProtect in 2011.