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GSF REPLACE 60 PERCENT OF VAN FLEET

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GSF REPLACE 60 PERCENT OF VAN FLEET


350 new vans for GSF in 2017

350 new vans for GSF in 2017

Factor chain GSF Car Parts has ordered 350 new vans to replace some of the older vehicles in its fleet in a deal valued at £3.5m

GSF has already taken delivery of 12 Peugeot Partner vans at its Birmingham head office but, during the course of 2017, will replace a total of 350 vehicles – representing some 60 percent of its UK fleet – across its nationwide network of 65 branches.

Following the takeover of the company by Hg-owned Parts Alliance in 2015, the management of the GSF fleet is being transferred into The Parts Alliance Group’s fleet team, under Steve Evans, Group Fleet Manager and Tony Shearer, Branch Operational Services Director.

“This is a major investment that will bring the GSF van fleet into line with our fleet policy for the rest of the group,” said Tony Shearer. “We generally work on a four to five year and 150,000 mile replacement cycle.”

The vehicles are being financed through fleet management firm Zenith and sourced though Robins and Day, a London dealer owned directly by Peugeot.

 

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WATERLOO ACQUIRED BY PARTS ALLIANCE

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WATERLOO ACQUIRED BY PARTS ALLIANCE


Waterloo Motor Factors has been acquired by private equity-backed business group The Parts Alliance. The East-Riding based business has branches in Hull, Beverley and Bridlington and was founded in 1928 by James Henry Munday.

It becomes a wholly-owned business within the HgCapital-owned Parts Alliance Group but will continue to trade under its own name. David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts will take over day-to-day running of the firm.

Current MD Jim Munday said: “As a three-generation family business, building long term relationships and providing quality local service are in our DNA. We look forward to working with (PA CEO) Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team to accelerate our growth in what are very exciting times for our trade.”

Peter Sephton said: “I’m delighted Jim Munday has agreed to work with us to facilitate the integration into The Parts Alliance and the transition of leadership to David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts, as we seek to extend our branch footprint and optimise our distribution and reach into the region”.

“Jim will continue to advise us on development projects and we are delighted to have Jim and his colleagues at Waterloo as part of our Group.”

The factor was previously a member of the IFA buying group. The change of ownership will see a number of different brands filling the stockroom.

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EXETER TRADE SHOW DRAWS LARGE CROWD


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Matt Neil shared stories

A very high turnout was recorded at a regional trade show organised by the Parts Alliance in Exeter.

The event was held in the function rooms of the Exeter Chiefs rugby club and had a variety of suppliers promoting their wares, running competitions and passing on fitting tips and best practice to technicians.

An added attraction was touring car driver Matt Neil who shared anecdotes about his career with the crowd throughout the evening. Exeter Chiefs’ and England forward Thomas Waldrom also gave special guest interviews with question and answer sessions to follow.

Visitors were mostly customers of branches in the South West. Most of these branches are former Unipart Automotive sites, which were simply re-branded as Parts Alliance.

Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance said: “To host a midweek evening event and attract so many people after the working day was a great achievement. It was also half- term so a number of owners brought their families
along too”.

“Huge credit goes to all the team who worked tirelessly to organise the evening and of course to the supporting suppliers and attending garage customers who made the effort to come along”.

The mix of suppliers included brands like Delphi, Yuasa, Valeo and Remy with the Angry Jester tools and equipment stand also doing brisk business on the night. Trade bodies such as The IMI, The Motor Ombudsman (which revealed it’s new logo at the show) and the IAAF were present, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance and AA Garage Guide were also on hand to answer questions from technicians.

Appreciative customers included Jenny Hill from East Budleigh Garage, who said: “Thank you very much for a great evening. We all really enjoyed it!”.

Visiting garages gained some excellent value; a whole series of supplier ‘show special offers’ were supplemented by over £5,000 worth of prizes awarded on the night. These included an Android Tablet, Amazon Fire Stick, BTCC Tickets, a 50” Television and a free loan car for a year.

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500 ATTEND REGIONAL PARTS ALLIANCE SHOW


A very high turnout was recorded at a regional trade show organised by the Parts Alliance in Exeter.

The event was held in the function rooms of the Exeter Chiefs rugby club and had a variety of suppliers promoting their wares, running competitions and passing on fitting tips and best practice to technicians.

An added attraction was touring car driver Matt Neil who shared anecdotes about his career with the crowd throughout the evening.

Visitors were mostly customers of branches in the South West. Most of these branches are former Unipart Automotive sites, which were simply re-branded as Parts Alliance.

Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance said: “To host a midweek evening event and attract so many people after the working day was a great achievement. It was also half-term so a number of owners brought their families along too”.

“Huge credit goes to all the team who worked tirelessly to organise the evening and of course to the supporting suppliers and attending garage customers who made the effort to come along”.

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SAS AUTOPARTS ACQUIRED BY PARTS ALLIANCE

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SAS AUTOPARTS ACQUIRED BY PARTS ALLIANCE


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Parts Alliance Group CEO Peter Sephton

Business group The Parts Alliance has swelled its ranks with the acqusition of SAS Autoparts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SAS was founded in 1960 and has branches in Harrogate, Otley, Skipton, Bradford, Castleford and Northallerton.

The Parts Alliance’s Chief Executive Peter Sephton said he was excited to be welcoming new colleagues from SAS to the HgCapital-backed group

‘’SAS Autoparts is a great business with outstanding customer and staff loyalty providing local service in the Yorkshire area and adds to our national strength’’ he said.

HgCapital continues to support The Parts Alliance with the acquisition of SAS, which will be a wholly owned business within The Parts Alliance Group but will continue to trade locally under its own brand name and will continue under Managing Director David Brooks and his current management team.

Peter Sephton added: “This is a great acquisition which strengthens our presence in the north while encouraging a common vision and culture, but retaining local brands, entrepreneurial spirit and customer focus.”

David Brooks said: “We are looking forward to working with Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team and developing and growing SAS into an even better business.”

 

 

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GSF ACQUIRED BY THE PARTS ALLIANCE

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GSF ACQUIRED BY THE PARTS ALLIANCE


GSF's 62nd branch is located in Middlesbrough

GSF’s 62nd branch is located in Middlesbrough

GSF Car Parts has been acquired by The Parts Alliance in the latest high-profile takeover in the aftermarket.

The addition of GSF’s 75 branches brings the total number in The Parts Alliance network to well over 300, 160 under common ownership, giving the Solihull-based business group increased coverage in the UK and Ireland.

Investment group HgCapital continues to support The Parts Alliance with the acquisition of GSF which will be a wholly-owned business within Group but trade locally under its own brand name.

GSF will continue under the Chairmanship of Stan West and his current management team. Stan West will also join the Board of the Group.

Commenting on the merger, Stan West, Chairman and founder of GSF, said: “This marks a great new chapter in the evolution of the company that I founded in 1977. GSF’s merger with The Parts Alliance and HgCapital’s investment allow us to maintain not only our culture and brand but also helps to create a true market leader.”

Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance, said: “This is a hugely significant acquisition which strengthens the product choice, service, value and expertise that we offer to our independent and national customers alike.

“GSF is a dynamic and successful business and I’m delighted to welcome Stan West and his 1,000 colleagues to our growing group. It’s a great match.  We share the same values and both believe in building lasting relationships with customers and suppliers.

“This deal gives us unrivalled coverage: ensuring delivery on the ground to national and independent garages and workshops by people who really understand their local market.”

Stan West added: “I am looking forward to working with Peter and the Board to position the group as a class-leading supplier to the automotive aftermarket.”

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FACTOR CHAIN HEADS WEST

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FACTOR CHAIN HEADS WEST


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Swansea-based factor chain GMF has opened its 15th branch, creating jobs and expanding its network further into West Wales

The 10,000 sq ft purpose-built distribution unit, which will carry £1 million worth of stock, is at West Estate Business Park in Haverfordwest, close to Withybush Industrial Estate and Haverfordwest Airport.

It is the Part’s Alliance owned chain’s fifth outlet covering the region, and is said to be an ideal location from which to provide a delivery service to the coast and surrounding Pembrokeshire area.

It also allows Carmarthen’s distribution area to extend further north.

Branch manager Steve Moon said: “Having started my career as a 16-year-old at a local motor factor and owned my own classic car components business, I’m excited to return to my roots for what is my biggest and most exciting challenge yet, opening the new Haverfordwest branch.”

GMF is the current holder of the CAT Large Factor of the Year award. It is the only factor to have won this trophy four times.

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THE PARTS ALLIANCE ACQUIRES CPA

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THE PARTS ALLIANCE ACQUIRES CPA


Buying and distribution group The Parts Alliance has made its eighth acquisition, buying out associate member Car Parts & Accessories (CPA).

CPA, established in 1995, employs 120 people in 12 branches serving Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. It has a delivery fleet of 60 vehicles and a turnover approaching £12 million.

The acquisition was completed on Friday 26 September with CPA’s Managing Director Keith Anderson and other CPA leaders continuing with the distributor.

CPA becomes part of the Eastern Alliance of HgCapital-owned businesses within The Parts Alliance, the others being Allparts Automotive and SC Motor Factors.

The inclusion of CPA brings the number of branches in the Eastern Alliance to 33. The Western Alliance comprises GMF and CES UK.

James Geldart, newly appointed MD of the Eastern Alliance, said: “I am delighted to have CPA as part of our business portfolio and I welcome all their employees to our family.”

The Alliance businesses work closely together sharing common systems and best practice but trade locally under individual brand names.

The acquisitions are completed by the takeover of Bromsgrove Motor Factors, in June, and 15 branches from the former Unipart Automotive.

Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance, said: “CPA is a great business with an exceptional commitment to customer service.

“We have been working closely with Keith Anderson and his team to bring them into our family of businesses. At The Parts Alliance we invest in our people and it is clear from the dedication and camaraderie of the team at CPA that they will fit straight in.

“Joint owner Nick Best has chosen this moment to retire and we wish him well and thank him for his great contribution.”

Keith Anderson said: “We are looking forward to integrating further with The Parts Alliance and becoming an even greater business as the group expands into a market leader.”

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UA LATEST: BRANCHES TO REMAIN OPEN AND TO CLOSE ANNOUNCED

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UA LATEST: BRANCHES TO REMAIN OPEN AND TO CLOSE ANNOUNCED


KPMG has been confirmed as the administrator of Unipart Automotive. As reported, the majority of branches will close with immediate effect, with the loss of around 1,300 jobs.

However, 33 sites have been bought by Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance in a deal announced earlier this morning. Branches that remain open and sites that are to close are listed below with the corresponding number of redundancies.

Mark Orton, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “Despite intensive efforts over
recent weeks, a sale of the whole Unipart Automotive business could not be reached, and
a buyer could only be found for 33 of the sites on a going concern basis. Unfortunately, the
business had been experiencing financial stress for a number of years, so the level of cash and
further operational restructuring required to rescue a more substantial part of the business
posed too much risk for most interested parties.
“Our team of employment specialists will be supporting all staff on completing redundancy
forms and putting them in touch with job seeker services. We will now be reviewing what
options are available for the remainder of the business, such as selling leasehold interests.”
The company also directly supports over 700 independent, owner-operated garages through its
Unipart Car Care Centre programme, in addition to having 19 franchisees. These companies fall
outside of the administration and will continue to operate as normal.

Mark Orton, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “Despite

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intensive efforts over recent weeks, a sale of the whole Unipart Automotive business could not be reached, and a buyer could only be found for 33 of the sites on a going concern basis. Unfortunately, the business had been experiencing financial stress for a number of years, so the level of cash and further operational restructuring required to rescue a more substantial part of the business posed too much risk for most interested parties.

“Our team of employment specialists will be supporting all staff on completing redundancy forms and putting them in touch with job seeker services. We will now be reviewing what options are available for the remainder of the business, such as selling leasehold interests.”

The company also directly supports over 700 independent, owner-operated garages through its Unipart Car Care Centre programme, in addition to having 19 franchisees. These companies fall outside of the administration and will continue to operate as normal.

Branches that remain open as part of the Andrew Page/Parts Alliance deal are as follows:

North East and Yorkshire:

Barnsley (Branch)

Northallerton (Branch)

Sheffield (Distribution Hub and Branch)

Stockton-on-Tees (Distribution Hub and Branch)

North West and Cumbria

Carlisle (Branch)

Lytham St Annes (Branch)

Southport (Branch)*

Warrington (Distribution Hub and Branch)

London and Home Counties

Luton (Branch)

East Anglia

Colchester (Branch)

Felixstowe (Branch)

Great Yarmouth (Branch)

Ipswich (Branch)

Wisbech (Branch)

Kent and Sussex

Chatham (Branch)*

Deal (Branch)*

Dover (Branch)*

Hastings (Branch)*

Greater Manchester and North Wales

Macclesfield (Branch)*

Stockport (Distribution Hub and Branch)

East Midlands and Lincolnshire

Chesterfield (Branch)

Louth (Branch)

Scunthorpe (Branch)

Wales and West

Carmarthen (Branch)*

South West

Barnstaple (Branch)*

Exeter (Distribution Hub and Branch)*

Penryn (Branch)*

Taunton (Branch)*

Tiverton (Branch)*

West Midlands

Shrewsbury (Branch)

Stafford (Branch)

Walsall (Branch)

South Coast and Surrey

Isle of Wight (Branch)

The branches and hubs which have closed with immediate effect, with the corresponding number of staff redundancies, are:



Branch Number of Redundancies
Aberdeen 15
Acton 6
Ashford 7
Avonmouth 27
Aylesbury 5
Ayr 4
Bangor 12
Barrow-In-Furness 4
Basingstoke 6
Bath 5
Bedford 5
Belfast 7
Berwick 4
Bicester 16
Birkenhead 6
Birmingham 12
Birmingham South 19
Bishops Stortford 6
Bletchley 5
Bolton 6
Boston 9
Bournemouth 12
Bradford 11
Brierley Hill 7
Bristol 13
Burton on Trent 6
Bury St.Edmonds 9
Cambridge 27
Cardiff 14
Carlisle 3
Chard 6
Chelmsford 8
Chester 4
Chichester 6
Coventry 9
Crawley 10
Crewe 7
Croydon 11
Dagenham 6
Derby 9
Dundee 9
Dunfermline 5
Durham 11
Eastbourne 7
Edinburgh 8
Elgin 9
Enfield 12
Falkirk 17
Fareham 21
Field Based 32
Folkestone 7
Frome 7
Glasgow 11
Gloucester 12
Grantham 3
Grimsby 4
Guildford 12
Hamilton 4
Harrogate 5
Hayes 4
Head Office – Birmingham 35
Head Office – Bicester 40
Hereford 9
High Wycombe 4
Hove 7
Hub – East Anglia ( 3
Hub – East Midlands 3
Hub – Greater Manchester 1
Hub – London and Essex 3
Hub – North East 2
Hub – North Wales 2
Hub – North West 2
Hub – Scotland 4
Hub – South Coast 3
Hub – South East 3
Hub – South West 4
Hub – Thames Valley 1
Hub – Wales and West 3
Hub – West Midlands 4
Hub – Yorkshire 1
Hull 10
Inverness 7
Keighley 4
Kendal 4
Kidderminster 5
Kilmarnock 5
Kingston Upon Thames 7
Kirkcaldy 7
Leeds 9
Leicester 11
Lincoln 5
Liverpool 8
Llandudno 13
Llanelli 5
Loughborough 4
Lowestoft 10
Luton 1
Maidstone 27
Maldon 5
Mansfield 11
Morecambe 4
Newark 14
Newbury 5
Newcastle 14
Newhaven 4
Newport 7
Newton Abbott 5
Northampton 7
Norwich 12
Nottingham 10
Oldham 5
Oxford 2
Peckham 3
Perth 6
Peterborough 4
Plymouth 14
Porthmadog 7
Portsmouth 9
Preston 9
Ramsgate 13
Rayleigh 13
Reading 5
Redditch 4
Salford 12
Salisbury 5
Sittingbourne 6
Slough 5
Southampton 14
St Albans 8
Staples Corner 6
Stoke 8
Sunderland 7
Swansea 7
Swindon 9
Torquay 7
Tottenham 20
Trealaw 6
Truro 5
Wakefield 5
Watford 6
West Bromwich 2
Weston Super Mare 7
Weymouth 11
Wigan 8
Wolverhampton 8
Woolwich 11
Worcester 8
Worthing 4
Wrexham 7
Yeovil 8
York 8

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Andrew Page to drop CAF brand

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Andrew Page to drop CAF brand


Component chain Andrew Page (AP) is to phase out the Camberley Auto Factors (CAF) brand over the next two months. Existing AP branches will also be updated with new signage.

“We understand that there is a great deal of goodwill to both of our brands, and the decision to bring these two families together under one title was not taken lightly.” explains Simon Mullin, Sales and Marketing Director, AP. “However, as we look to the future and expand into new operations, it’s important that we present a clear identity to our customers, staff and our suppliers.”

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Chairman, AP, commented: “I think that sends a very strong message about a national brand in Andrew Page and that to us is important piece of what we do as we move forward.”

The rebranding of the Andrew Page Group is expected to be complete be the end of September. The news closely follows it’s re-joining of The Parts Alliance.

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