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The story so far…
December 2006 - the Group was admitted to AIM (Alternative Investment Market) following an oversubscribed equity raise of £25m (£23.6 million after expenses).
27th February 2007 - the Group announced that it had exchanged 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 placed with the vendor. In addition, debt estimated at £29m was to be assumed.
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).
2nd 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.
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.
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.
March 2008 and 2009 respectively - the Group opened new greenfield site used car outlets in Doncaster and Darlington under the Bristol Street Motor Nation brand.
June 2009 - the Group completed a £30m placing, net of expenses, in order to fund a further dealership acquisition programme.
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.
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.
December 2009 - the acquisition of Darlington SEAT bringing the SEAT franchise to the Group for the first time.
January 2010 - a huge step for the Group as the first Scottish location opened with the acquisition of the Dunfermline Autocentre Ford car dealership.
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.
9th June 2010 – Further Macklin Motor dealerships added to the Group, with the acquisition of Ford and Mazda dealerships in Glasgow and Hamilton.
June 2010 - the Group acquired Vauxhall dealerships in Crewe and Macclesfield.
July 2010 - a second SEAT dealership is added to the Bristol Street Motors portfolio with a dealership in Derby.
10th September 2010 - the Group purchased a Peugeot dealership in Dunfermline.
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.
7 February 2011 - the Group franchised its non-franchised Motor Nation used car operation at Darlington with the Nissan franchise.
22 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.
April 2011 – the acquisition of SEAT Barnsley brought the total number of SEAT dealerships to three.
1 June 2011 - Mazda Bristol was added to the growing portfolio.
1 July 2011 - the Group opened a Hyundai dealership in Peterlee. This represented the Group’s fourth Hyundai dealership.
4 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.
August 2011 – the Bristol Mazda dealership expanded and welcomed Chrysler Jeep to the Group.
31 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).
9 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.
28 June 2012 - the Group acquired the trade and assets of two Ford dealerships in Durham and Hartlepool from Holiways Limited.
29 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.
August 1st 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).
September 10th 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.
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.
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.
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.
March 2013 – The Group opened its first Volvo dealership in Derby, branded Volvo Cars Derby.
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