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Vertu Motors plc was formed in 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 over 150 franchised motor dealerships which offer sales, servicing, parts and bodyshop facilities for new and used cars and commercial vehicles. These dealerships fall under the trading names Vertu Motors, Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors.

Specialising in premium and prestige vehicles, Vertu Motors represents some of the world's leading automotive brands, including: Audi, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, MINI, smart, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Bristol Street Motors originated over 100 years ago as a single Ford dealership located on Bristol Street in central Birmingham. It has since expanded to become a nationally recognised brand, which represents some of the world's most popular automotive manufacturers, including Citroen, CUPRA, Dacia, DS, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, MG, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT, SKODA, and Vauxhall.

In 2010, Vertu Motors expanded into Scotland, where it trades under the Macklin Motors brand. You'll find Macklin Motors dealerships representing Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Vauxhall, and Toyota.

The Vertu Motors Group is the 5th largest automotive retailer in the United Kingdom, and has been awarded numerous accolades, including Best Customer Experience at the 2019 Auto Trader Retailer Awards, Motability Website of the Year and Group Contact of the Year in 2019, and Best Used Car Online Sales Experience at the 2021 Used Car 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 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 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

    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).

  • Macklin Motors awarded Toyota franchise in west of Scotland.

    1st April 2022

    Macklin Motors has been awarded the Toyota franchise in the West of Scotland from 1 April 2022. The Group intends to develop four dealerships in the coming periods to cover this extensive territory, with the first dealership at Darnley, South Glasgow opening on 1 April.

  • £5million Macklin Motors Dealership Opens Its Doors In Edinburgh.

    27th January 2022

    £5million Macklin Motors Dealership Opens Its Doors In Edinburgh.

  • Bristol Street Motors Invests £250,000 To Bring Peugeot To Sunderland

    26th January 2022

    Bristol Street Motors Invests £250,000 To Bring Peugeot To Sunderland

  • Vertu Motors Acquires Duo Of Leicestershire Toyota Dealerships For £9.2 million

    14th December 2021

    Vertu Motors has expanded its East Midlands presence after completing a £9.2 million acquisition of two Toyota dealerships in Leicester and Loughborough from Farmer and Carlisle.

  • Bristol Street Motors Beaconsfield MG Opens Following A £100,000 Investment

    8th November 2021

    Bristol Street Motors Beaconsfield MG Opens Following A £100,000 Investment.

  • Bristol Street Motors Creates 15 Jobs As It Opens New Renault Dacia Dealership

    21st October 2021

    Bristol Street Motors has invested more than £300,000 in York as it opens a new Renault Dacia dealership at Clifton Moor Gate.

  • Powerbulbs

    12th August 2021

    The Group acquired leading automotive lightbulb supplier, Powerbulbs, to operate alongside Ace Parts.

  • Vertu Motors welcomes MG franchise

    5th August 2021

    Vertu Motors grows the Bristol Street Motors offering, opening its first MG dealership in Carlisle.

  • Leicester Renault Dacia

    28th July 2021

    Bristol Street Motors has acquired the Renault Dacia business in Leicester from Renault Retail Group UK Limited. The new dealership, the seventh Renault dealership in the Group, has been introduced at the Group's former Citroen dealership based on Raw Dykes Road.

  • Honda Bikes Stockton

    14th July 2021

    Vertu Motors has invested £350,000 to offer a new destination for North East and North Yorkshire motorcycle enthusiasts. The site in Stockton will create six new jobs.

  • Huddersfield Honda

    19th March 2021

    Vertu Motors plc acquired the Honda car dealership based on Leeds Road, Huddersfield from Hepworth Motor Group to grow its Yorkshire presence to 23 sites.

  • Macklin Motornation Glasgow

    18th March 2021

    Macklin Motors welcomes a Motornation dealership to its Glasgow portfolio following a £1.5million investment in the new site.

  • 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.

  • Kia Nottingham

    5th October 2020

    Vertu Motors plc added to its portfolio in Nottingham with the acquisition of the Kia Nottingham dealership from Sandicliffe. The transaction brought the number of outlets operated by the Group in Nottingham to nine.

  • Vertu Acquires 12 Dealerships From Inchcape

    7th December 2020

    Vertu Motors is delighted to announce the addition of the BMW, MINI and Motorrad franchises to the Group's portfolio after acquiring 12 dealerships from Inchcape. Vertu Motors now represents more manufacturers than any other automotive retail group in the UK and is the biggest in the North East.

Board of Directors

Operations Board

  • Leon Caruso Profile

    Leon Caruso

    Operations Director - Multi-Franchise and JLR Division

  • Steve Gould Profile

    Steve Gould

    Operations Director - Renault and Nissan Division

  • “Mark

    Mark Gibbings

    Operations Director - Mercedes-Benz Division

  • Matthew Barr Profile

    Matthew Barr

    HR Director

  • Martin Wastie Profile

    Martin Wastie

    Group Strategy Director

  • Steve Rowe Profile

    Steve Rowe

    Group Sales Director