Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Marshall Buys Honda Business in Harrogate

We have today completed our acquisition of the Honda business in Harrogate from Pendragon Plc for an undisclosed sum.

Marshall Motor Group has represented Honda for 19 years and this new addition brings the Group’s total number of Honda businesses to eight. With seven car businesses in Peterborough, Leicester South, Leicester North, Hull, Scarborough and York, plus one motorcycle dealership in Peterborough, Marshall is now Honda’s largest partner in the UK.
Making the announcement, Daksh Gupta said: “We are delighted to have acquired this business from Pendragon and to be extending to our Honda partnership. This Harrogate business is in a great territory which fits well with our existing, neighbouring Honda businesses in York, Scarborough and Hull, making one large contiguous territory. It also furthers our stated strategy to build strong relationships with our manufacturer brand partners and to grow nationally with scalable business, as we have already done in Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria and Lancashire in the last two years.”

Steve Crampton, who originally joined Marshall in 1995, will be transferring to Harrogate to take over responsibility for the new business as General Manager. Steve has been running our Honda cars business in Peterborough for some months following his move across the road from our Toyota business which he had run for many years. Until a new general manager is appointed for Peterborough Honda, Andrew Taylor will assume interim responsibility for this branch as well as his existing Honda dealerships in Leicestershire Commenting on the changes, Mark Furniss said: “Steve has done a great job for us in Peterborough Honda since he moved across there and his knowledge of Marshall and the Honda brand will be hugely helpful as we welcome this new business to Marshall. He is also keen to relocate to Yorkshire, so this will work well for him and for the business. I am also very grateful to Andy Taylor for agreeing to take on additional responsibility while we identify the right person to join our team in Peterborough”

Closing, Daksh added: “I have had the pleasure of meeting already some of our new colleagues at this site who have all transferred to Marshall and I look forward to welcoming all of them to the Marshall family.”

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