Times have been tough in the last couple of years, but if the growth of the top 25 tyre retailers in the UK is anything to go by, the nation’s leading tyre retail businesses are taking triumph from adversity. Of course, Halfords’ acquisition of National Tyres and Autocare’s parent company at the end of 2021 makes up a big part of the new UK tyre retail landscape, but it is clear that adding branches to existing networks (either by organic growth or by acquisition) is a common theme across the board.
This year the top 25 table has been characterised by growth virtually across the board. However, something that stands out in positions 15 to 25 is that there have been a couple of new entries onto the ranking in addition to this. Exemplifying stability in the market, In ‘n’ Out Autocentres appears to have remained in 15th position with 27 branches.
In 2019 30.2 million MOTs were completed. That figure increased to 31.3 million in 2021 and it is expected to grow again in 2022. Specifically, over a million more MOTs are expected to be conducted this year compared to 2019, according to SecretService.
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.
BA Bush & Son Ltd has opened a new Bush Tyres branch in Darlington, County Durham. Bush Tyres Darlington can be found just off Allington Way on the Yarm Road Industrial Estate. The branch opens its doors this month under the management of branch manager, Dave Smith and his team.
Eden Tyres & Servicing has started work on its 20th tyre centre. According to the company, the latest addition is “on target to be opening in a few months’ time”. Eden representatives haven’t revealed where branch number 20 will be located, but they have confirmed that it will be one of at least two branches to open in 2022.
Pirelli has named Birmingham Motor Tyres Ltd (BMTR) as its Performance Centre of the Year for the third time. From the 138 depots currently in the Pirelli Performance Centre network, only one can be named PPC of the Year. To determine the winners, the top-performing centres in the technical audit are subjected to a video mystery shop exercise, scored by an independent assessor.
Approved Garages have confirmed their sponsorship of BTCC teams NAPA Racing UK and Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan. The multi-year sponsorship enables Approved Garages to feature prominently across all four racing cars, attributed merchandise, and marketing material.
B-Quik opened branch number 193 in Thailand on Friday 25 March 2022 and it is quite a looker. The new Bangkok flagship branch not only features six service bays, but also a café and it is all enclosed in a striking architect-designed structure.
The manager of one of the latest independent garages to join the First Stop retail network is committed to creating the most welcoming customer environment in the industry, supported by an all-female front desk. Kim Dorr decided to embark on a career in the industry to dispel common stereotypes associated with garage forecourts after feeling intimidated and undermined when taking her car to the garage. She aimed to create a warm, welcoming environment at Northampton-based In Town Automotive, featuring a children’s play area, a screen showing live video updates of technicians’ work, and bunches of fresh flowers from the local florist. Now Dorr is heralding a new chapter for the centre as it gains national sales, marketing and purchasing support from the First Stop network.
Bush Tyres has expanded its Boston, Lincolnshire branch with four new service bays. The branch offers MOT testing for cars as well as Class 7 MOTs for vans and motorhome. The improvements to the branch include the installation of wider bays for improved access for larger vehicles. Bush has also installed an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Camera and Radar Calibration Service. The mechanical expansion means Bush Tyres Boston can offer products and services to the car, 4×4, SUV, and agricultural tyre segments, in addition to exhausts, batteries, brakes, wheel alignments, wheel balancing and suspension work.
Volvo Car UK is offering a free repair service covering both windscreen and tyre damage. Volvo reports that the service is the first of its kind in the UK car industry to cover both tyres and windscreens. Where “viable”, Volvo retailers will the service on Volvo cars “of any age” and work will be carried out by “qualified Volvo technicians”.