Following the news that Point S has broken through the 300-branch mark in terms of its UK tyre retail growth, Tyres & Accessories engaged with the experience of two of the network’s members. Here, Point S Tyre & Autocare Network members Gary Benwell and Russell Parker discuss how the network’s strategy of future-proofing tyre retail has boosted the profitability of their businesses.
Independent tyre dealer and car maintenance network Point S has signed a sponsorship contract with the European Handball Federation (EHF) to officially sponsor the 2022 European Women’s Handball Championship. The tournament will see Europe’s top 16 women’s national handball teams compete to be the best on the continent. Teams from Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland will travel to the cities of Ljubljana, Celje, Skopje, and Podgorica to participate in the event, which takes place from 4 to 20 November.
The suggestion that the UK tyre distribution space is ripe for consolidation is not new. But during the single week that we went to press with the latest edition at the start of October, three big tyre retail announcements were made. First Stop broke through the 150-branch barrier. Point S announced that its buying group of independent tyre retailers now numbers 300. And Halfords bought Lodge Tyres for just over £37 million.
Maidstone independent tyre dealer Tyrepoint has joined the Michelin Quality Centre network. The family-run business was founded less than four years ago by father and son team Karl and Mark Webber. The joint managing directors have strong industry experience; Karl established his first dealership in 1978. Tyrepoint has built its customer base by offering premium service supported by online reviews and social media marketing. Martin Thompson, Michelin’s AGB brand manager UK & Ireland said, “we’re delighted to give them our seal of approval.”
Having joined the company in August 2021, Point S Tyre & Autocare has appointed Tony Valentine as fleet manager. Up till now, Valentine has been a business development manager for the network. From here on he takes responsibility for establishing and growing Point S’ presence in the fleet market. This will involve building close relationships with fleet managers and working closely with Point S members to develop “the network’s one-stop shop for fleet service, repair and maintenance”.
With the launch of its latest cold weather passenger car tyre for Central and Western Europe, Point S continues the ‘what it says on the tin’ naming format we saw at the launch of its summer range last year. Simply called Winter, the new line replaces the Winterstar 4.
Point S Tyre & Autocare, the independent tyre dealer and car maintenance network, has pledged to help independent garages and tyre dealers to futureproof their business. The network says its goal is to grow strategically, working with ambitious members who share the brand’s mission: to build a network of professional, profitable businesses that are equipped to compete in the rapidly evolving automotive market.
Founded in France in 1971, Point S Group is now present in 48 countries across four continents. Point S officially launched in the UK in 2011 and therefore celebrated a decade on these shores last year. Just as Tyres & Accessories was on-hand when pre-launch discussions were taking place on the fringes of the Reifen Essen show back in 2010, while the market prepared for Tire Cologne 2022, we caught up with network manager Wayne Daniel in order to find out more.
Point S, the independent tyre dealer and car maintenance network, will be exhibiting at Autopromotec at Bologna Fiere on 25-28 May. Throughout the four day trade show, Point S will be celebrating the history of the tyre trade by way of an exhibition that promises to tell the story of the profession over the past 100 years.
Point S Tyre & Autocare is exhibiting alongside its truck tyre distribution partner, International Tyres, at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. The stand will showcase the Fortune truck tyre range, alongside Point S’ range of high-quality car and van tyres.
Point S, the multi-brand automotive services and tyre sales franchise, has expanded its global network into the Brazilian market through a Master Franchise Agreement (MFA) with local specialist, ATO. The agreement represents a significant milestone for Point S, with South America becoming the fifth continent in which the network has a presence.
Following the news that the Point S Tyre & Autocare Network has appointed Nigel Hampson as business development/project manager, the growing tyre retail group has officially welcome their latest personnel addition and given further details of what he will be doing in his recent appointment.