Popular workshop management software Garage Data Systems has been acquired by tech group ClearCourse. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

GDS is the 23rd company acquired by ClearCourse, although it is the first motor trade software in the firm’s inventory.

Beverley-based GDS was founded in 2006 to meet a growing demand for garage management software. It offers a suite of services to make life easier for motor trade professionals, including workshop management systems, fleet, stock, and sales management tools, and a commercial vehicle management platform. GDS has also developed a specialised platform for boat management.


By  becoming part of the ClearCourse Group, GDS will gain access to a number of technologies, such as the ‘ClearAccept’  payments  platform to be able to  offer remote and  mobile payments  which  are  in increasing  demand due  to  the  global  pandemic.


Paul Setterfield, IVID of Garage Data Systems, said: “I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 16 years as a business. We’ve always striven to deliver market leading products that improve efficiency in our customers businesses and deliver a tangible return on investment for them. ClearCourse has consistently delivered innovative solutions for its Group companies, and we ‘re certain they are the right partner to help us do the same for our clients.


Published by GregWhitaker

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