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Vertu Motors plc was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. It was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU). The Vertu Motors group operates a nationwide chain of franchised motor dealerships offering sale, servicing, parts and bodyshop facilities for new and used car and commercial vehicles.

The group operates many of its dealerships as Bristol Street Motors. Bristol Street Motors originated over 100 years ago as a single Ford dealership located on Bristol Street in central Birmingham. Since those early days the business has grown to become one of the largest automotive retail brands in the UK. The Group also operates a number of Premium franchise dealerships such as Volvo, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar and is the largest operator of Honda dealerships in the UK. In 2010 Vertu Motors expanded into Scotland, trading under the Macklin Motors brand. The group is now the 5th largest motor retailer in the United Kingdom and was awarded the Motor Trader Dealer Group of the Year award in 2008 and was Best Dealer Group in the 2012 Motability Supplier Awards.

"...To deliver an outstanding customer motoring experience through honesty and trust."

The History of Vertu Motors

  • Vertu Motors Logo

    December 2006

    The Group was admitted to AIM (Alternative Investment Market) following an oversubscribed equity raise of £25m (£23.6 million after expenses).

  • The first Bristol Street Motors dealership

    27th February 2007

    The Group announced that it had exchangeed contracts to purchase the entire share capital of the Bristol Street Group Limited for an estimated consideration of £31m cash and £9m of shares, to be placaed with the vendor. In addition, debt estimated at £29m was to be assumed.

  • Bristol Street Motors

    27th March 2007

    The Group completed the acquisition of Bristol Street and concluded a further equity placing of £26m (£22.6m after finance and acquisition expenses).

  • Chesterfield Vauxhall

    27th May 2007

    The Group completed the acquisition of Blake Holdings Limited for an estimated consideration of £4.9m. The Blake's operation included a Vauxhall dealership in Chesterfield, a Vauxhall service centre in Matlock and Peugeot dealerships located in Chesterfield and Worksop.

  • Grantham Honda

    29th June 2007

    The Group acquired four Honda car dealerships and one Honda motorcycle dealership in the East Midlands, through the purchase of the entire share capital of Grantham Motors Company Limited for a cash consideration of £4.6m. The dealerships acquired were located in Grantham, Lincoln, Boston and Retford.

  • Ford Morpeth

    29th June 2007

    The Group acquired the trade and assets of a Ford dealership in Morpeth, Northumberland from the Jennings Group for cash consideration of £2.6m.

  • Motor Nation Darlington

    2008 and 2009 respectively

    The Group opened new greenfield site used car outlets in Doncaster and Darlington under the Bristol Street Motor Nation brand.

  • Chesterfield Vauxhall

    June 2009

    The Group completed a £30m placing, net of expenses, in order to fund a further dealership acquisition programme.

  • Mazda Cheltenham

    June 2009

    The Group purchased three dealership locations from the receivers of Brooklyn Motors plc at Redditch, Cheltenham and Worcester. This brought the Mazda franchise into the Group for the first time.

  • Vauxhall Lichfield

    2nd November 2009

    The Lichfield Vauxhall dealership is added to the Vauxhall portfolio, strengthening the Bristol Street Motors brand in its heartland of the West Midlands.

  • Vauxhall Lichfield

    December 2009

    The acquisition of Darlington SEAT bringing the SEAT franchise to the Group for the first time.

  • Dunfermline Ford

    January 2010

    A huge step for the Group as the first Scottish location opened with the acquisition of the Dunfermline Autocentre Ford car dealership.

  • Macklin Motors Logo
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    April 2010

    The acquisition of a second Scottish dealership, Paisley Peugeot, saw the Scottish dealerships re-branded as Macklin Motors;the Group's brand for future dealership acquisitions in Scotland. This month also saw the relocation of Gloucester Renault from a dual franchise to a freehold property, to allow for growth in scale.

  • Glasgow Mazda

    9th June 2010

    Further Macklin Motor dealerships added to the Group, with the acquisition of Ford and Mazda dealerships in Glasgow and Hamilton.

  • Derby SEAT

    July 2010

    A second SEAT dealership is added to the Bristol Street Motors portfolio with a dealership in Derby.

  • Peugeot Dunfermline

    10th September 2010

    The Group purchased a Peugeot dealership in Dunfermline.

  • Altrincham Nissan

    September 2010

    The Group strengthened regional concentration in the North West with the acquisition of two franchised dealerships: Altrincham Nissan and Macclesfield Ford from Lookers plc.

  • Nissan Darlington

    7th February 2011

    The Group franchised its non-franchised Motor Nation used car operation at Darlington with the Nissan franchise.

  • Vauxhall Durham

    22nd February 2011

    The Group acquired the entire share capital of Patrick (Holdings) Limited. This company traded as Patricks of Durham, operating the Vauxhall franchise in Durham, Co Durham.

  • SEAT Barnsley

    April 2011

    The acquisition of SEAT Barnsley brought the total number of SEAT dealerships to three.

  • Mazda Bristol

    1st June 2011

    Mazda Bristol was added to the growing portfolio.

  • Hyundai Peterlee

    1st July 2011

    The Group opened a Hyundai dealership in Peterlee. This represented the Group's fourth Hyundai dealership.

  • Hyundai Peterlee

    4th July 2011

    The Group opened a new Nissan dealership in Glasgow. This operation, situated adjacent to the Group's Glasgow Ford and Mazda operations, encompassed sales of electric vehicles, passenger and commercial vehicles in addition to a Nissan Sports Performance Centre selling the GTR and 370Z models. This was the Group's third Nissan dealership.

  • Jeep Logo

    August 2011

    The Bristol Mazda dealership expanded and welcomed Chrysler Jeep to the Group.

  • Bristol Street Versa

    31st August 2011

    The Group acquired the share capital of Widnes Car Centre (1994) Limited, which comprised of a Nissan dealership in Widnes, Cheshire, and a wheelchair accessible vehicle business based in Batley, West Yorkshire (rebranded Bristol Street Versa).

  • Vauxhall Northampton

    9th January 2012

    The Group acquired the trade and certain assets of a Vauxhall dealership in Northampton from W Grose Northampton Limited. This acquisition brings the number of Vauxhall dealerships operated by the Group to 11.

  • Durham Ford

    28th June 2012

    The Group acquired the trade and assets of two Ford dealerships in Durham and Hartlepool from Holiways Limited.

  • Suzuki Mansfield

    29th June 2012

    The Group acquired the trade and assets of a Suzuki dealership in Mansfield from Co-op Group Motors Limited and is the first Suzuki dealership in the Group's portfolio.

  • Honda Doncaster

    1st August 2012

    The Group expanded the Honda Division with the acquisition of the Doncaster Honda franchise contract from Pendragon. This represented the Group's seventh Honda dealership (including Honda Bikes).

  • Renault Bradford

    10th September 2012

    The Group announced the acquisition of the trade and assets of three motor retail locations from Co-op Motors. The acquired sites added a further six franchised sales outlets to the Group's portfolio, with Nissan and Fiat in Derby, Nissan and Peugeot in Ilkeston and Nissan and Renault in Bradford.

  • Newcastle Honda

    December 2012

    The Group completed the acquisition of the Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham Springfield Honda business. This places the Group as the largest Honda dealer in the UK.

  • Vauxhall Carlisle

    8th January 2013

    The Group acquired the entire share capital of Dobies (Carlisle) Limited which traded as a Vauxhall dealership in Carlisle, plus the business and certain assets of the SEAT outlet also operated by Dobies in Carlisle.

  • Vauxhall Keighley

    14th January 2013

    The Group announced the acquisition of the business and certain assets of the Vauxhall dealership in Keighley which had been operated by Walter C Brigg.

  • Volvo Cars Derby

    March 2013

    The Group opened its first Volvo dealership in Derby, branded Volvo Cars Derby.

  • Honda Doncaster

    13th June 2013

    The Group announced the acquisition of Farnell, which operates four outlets within the West Yorkshire region comprising three award winning Land Rover dealerships in Leeds, Bradford and Guiseley and one multi-franchise premium used vehicle outlet in Guiseley. The Farnell brand has represented Land Rover in West Yorkshire for 65 years.

  • Volkswagen Lincoln

    9th July 2013

    The group announced the acquisition of two Volkswagen dealerships in Lincolnshire from Lookers plc.

  • SEAT Birmingham

    15th July 2013

    The Group opened a new flagship SEAT dealership in Birmingham, located in a newly refurbished leasehold site.

  • Hyundai Edinburgh East

    22nd November 2013

    The Group announced the acquisition of two Hyundai dealerships in Edinburgh from Phoenix Car Company Limited and Archers of Edinburgh Limited.

  • Volkswagen Nottingham South

    2nd December 2013

    The Group acquired the entire share capital of Brookside (1998) Limited which operates three well established Volkswagen dealerships, two in Nottingham and one in Mansfield.

  • Volvo Sheffield

    3rd February 2014

    The Group acquired the trade and certain assets of a dealership in Sheffield, which operates two sales outlets representing Nissan and Volvo

  • Land Rover Nelson

    6th May 2014

    The Group announced that it had acquired the entire share capital of Hillendale Group Limited, which operates a Land Rover dealership in Burnley, Lancashire and a Jaguar dealership in Bolton, Lancashire. These dealerships trade as Farnell Land Rover Nelson and Farnell Jaguar Bolton.

  • Volvo Sheffield

    27th August 2014

    The Group opened a new Fiat Brand Centre in a recently acquired leasehold property, representing Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep in Newcastle.

  • Infiniti Centre Newcacstle

    18th September 2014

    On 9 July 2014, the Group acquired a leasehold property in Silverlink, Newcastle which it opened on 18 September 2014 as the Group's first Infiniti dealership. This dealership is located 10 miles from the Nissan factory in Sunderland where the Infiniti Q30 model range is to be manufactured from next year. This dealership is the sole Infiniti sales outlet in the North East of England.

  • The Taxi Centre Paisley

    5th November 2014

    The Group announced that it has acquired the entire share capital of The Taxi Centre Limited and Easy Vehicle Finance Limited (together "the Taxi Centre") which source vehicles for private operators in the taxi sector. The business which operates across the United Kingdom is located in Paisley, Scotland.

  • Ford

    10th November 2014

    The Group announced that it has acquired two Ford main dealerships in Bolton and Wigan, and two satellite operations in Walkden and Horwich, from Gordon's Ltd. This transaction increases the Group's representation with Ford to 22 outlets, consolidating its position as Ford's third largest partner in the UK.

  • Halifax Nissan

    28th November 2014

    The Group expanded its dealership network in West Yorkshire with the acquisition of Halifax Nissan from Lightcliffe Limited. This transaction increases the Group's representation with Nissan to 10 outlets consolidating the Group's position as one of Nissan's major UK partners.

  • Farnell Land Rover

    1st May 2015

    The Group announced that it has acquired the business and assets of Bury Land Rover in Lancashire and has also exchanged contracts to acquire the business and assets of Bradford Jaguar in West Yorkshire. These acquisitions complement the Group's existing Land Rover and Jaguar dealerships in Nelson, Lancashire and across West Yorkshire, and further extend the Farnell brand.

  • Darlington Skoda

    5th June 2015

    On Friday 5th June, the group announced the acquisition of Darlington SKODA, our first SKODA dealership, situated adjacent to our successful Darlington Nissan operation. This will allow for both dealerships to grow their businesses and benefit from shared resources.

  • Hereford Audi

    1st October 2015

    The Group announced that it has acquired the entire share capital of SHG Holdings Limited ("South Hereford") which operates well respected and established Audi, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercials outlets in Hereford. All three businesses benefit from high customer service ratings and have strong aftersales businesses

  • Ace Parts Logo

    1st December 2015

    On 1st December 2015 the Group announced that it has acquired the entire share capital of Who's Ace Holdings Ltd (AceParts) which operates a well-established online vehicle parts business (www.aceparts.com) headquartered in Sittingbourne, Kent.

  • Vertu Motors Acquires Honda Dealerships

    25th January 2016

    Vertu Motors has acquired three Lookers Honda dealerships for approximately £2 milion, including goodwill of £0.2m. The acquisition takes Vertu's Honda network to 12 sites with the addition of the new locations in Nottingham, Derby and Stockton-on-Tees.

  • Vertu Acquires Gordon Lamb Chesterfield

    1st June 2016

    Vertu Motors announces acquisition of Gordon Lamb Group Limited for £18.7m. Gordon Lamb operates Toyota, Land Rover, SKODA and Nissan outlets in Chesterfield, as well as a SKODA outlet in Derby, and has been trading for more than 60 years.

  • Hughes Group Acquisition

    2nd July 2018

    Vertu Motors announces the acquisition of Hughes Group and its subsidiary Hughes of Beaconsfield for £21.8 million. Hughes has represented Mercedes-Benz for over 40 years, with outlets in Beaconsfield and Aylesbury - adjacent to Vertu Motors' existing Mercedes-Benz operations in Ascot, Reading and Slough. As well as the Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the acquisition includes SKODA in Aylesbury, Jeep in Beaconsfield and Peugeot in High Wycombe.

  • Vertu Acquires Vans Direct

    7th January 2019

    The Group announces the acquisition of online commercial vehicles retailer Vans Direct, for a total consideration of £7.5 million. The Vans Direct business has been the winner of the 'Best Van Leasing Broker' from the Leasing Broker Federation for the last three years (2016, 2017 and 2018).

  • Vertu Volkswagen Expands

    16th January 2020

    Vertu Motors expands Yorkshire presence, with the acquisition of four Volkswagen dealerships from a trading subsidiary of Sytner Group Limited. The dealerships, located in Leeds, Huddersfield, Harrogate and Skipton, further builds the Group's Vertu Volkswagen brand, which now includes nine outlets.

  • Vertu Acquires assets from Leven Cars Group

    21st January 2020

    Vertu Motors is pleased to announce the acquisition of the trade and assets of three franchises on a multi-franchise dealership in Edinburgh, from the administrators of Leven Cars Group Limited. The purchase of this Kia, Suzuki and Mitsubishi leasehold dealership represents further expansion of the Group's Macklin Motors brand in Scotland, complimenting 9 existing outlets comprising the Nissan, Ford, Mazda, Peugeot and Hyundai brands.

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