Multi-franchise Isle of Wight retailer Esplanade celebrated its 75th anniversary on 12 April. Employing 40 islanders, the retailer was acquired by the Jacksons Group in 2017. Outgrowing its original

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The NFDA and SMMT have published updated restart guidance for retailers. The ‘best-practice’ guide, now in its fourth edition (link below), covers the entire customer experience and has been

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DS Automobiles is trialling a wider Stellantis aftersales network with the aim of reducing customer travel times for service and repair work. The pilot scheme is running along the south coast of

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March 2021 new car registrations are set to be up 10% despite retailers remaining closed. The forecast for 280k sales is “testament to dealers rapidly embracing online sales and click-and-collect

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Pendragon, which last week announced it had cut losses during the pandemic, has warned of short-term vehicle supply issues due to both Covid-19 and the global chip shortage. “There is going to be

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Cazoo is finalising a merger with a New York-listed ‘blank cheque’ Spac called Ajax I to take the used car platform public in a £5 billion ($7bn) deal – $1bn below earlier expectations, but

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Pendragon has recovered from a pre-tax loss of £31 million in the first half of 2020 to finish the year down £16.4m. However, the dealer group reported an underlying profit of before tax of £8.2m.

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Cambria’s management team, including CEO Mark Lavery, finance director James Mullins and managing director Tim Duckers, is exploring the possibility of offering 80p a share for the business to take

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Marshall has become the first Platinum member of Menable, an organisation founded last year that supports wellbeing and mental health for men in the automotive industry. CEO Daksh Gupta has also

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Arnold Clark Ford on Glasgow Road, Rutherglen, closed this week after the facility was purchased by a local development company. The site will be included in the wider regeneration plans for the

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Retailer relations with their manufacturer partners have started 2021 in the best position for six years, according to the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey. The survey, carried out in January,

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