Marshall Motor Holdings Plc, has announced the strategic acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Motorline Holdings Limited (including all of its subsidiaries). Motorline operates across Kent, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Bristol, South Wales and the West Midlands representing nine brands through 48 operating franchises including Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Audi, SKODA, Nissan, Peugeot and Maserati. In addition, it operates four Trade Parts Specialist (TPS) businesses and five used car centres.
Marshall Motor Group announce the acquisition of Nissan Leicester. The acquisition includes the purchase of a three-acre freehold site on Abbey Lane in Leicester.
Marshall Motor Group announce the acquisition of Cheltenham and Gloucester Jaguar Land Rover from Heritage Automotive.
Marshall Ford Transit Centre King's Lynn opens - retailing new and used Ford Vans alongside cars (following the site's extensive refurbishment and showroom expansion)
The opening of Marshall SEAT & CUPRA Oxford, Milton Park, Abingdon - the UK’s largest single ownership business community with 250 diverse and dynamic businesses and 9,000 people.
This prestigious award recognises how the business was lead through these unprecedented times and the actions Marshall took as a management team (and also at retailer level). The judges commended Marshall on their lockdown actions, colleague engagement programmes, lockdown microsite, communication and video updates and how Marshall pulled together as one team to ensure they all ‘stayed safe, stayed positive and stayed Marshall’.
MMH plc appoint Adrian Wallington, as the Group’s commercial vehicle director, Simon Elliott director of commercial vehicles, Caroline Illing joined as HR employment lawyer and Matt Willmott the post of head of group legal.
The purchase of Volkswagen Aylesbury formed part of the original acquisition of Volkswagen businesses from Jardine in December of last year (Harlow, Letchworth, Loughton, Milton Keynes and St Albans), however, was delayed due to property aspects of the asset and the lockdown period. 38 colleagues have transferred to Marshall Motor Group effective immediately.
Wednesday 18 December 2019, Marshall Motor Holdings plc completed the acquisition of the Volkswagen businesses in Harlow, Letchworth, Loughton, Milton Keynes and St Albans from Jardine Motor Group. The purchase also included the Loughton Volkswagen Van Centre, Loughton Paint & Body Repair Centre and SKODA Milton Keynes. The acquisition was completed in consultation and with the support of Volkswagen UK.
Following an extensive external audit of our management, HR practices and culture Marshall Motor Holdings plc was named by Great Place to Work® UK as one of the UK’s Best Super Large Workplaces achieving a ranking of 11th in the Best UK Super Large Workplaces category. We were also presented with a coveted Laureate award to recognise Best Workplace status for five consecutive years.
Friday 20 December 2019, Marshall Motor Holdings plc completed the acquisition of the Volvo business in Derby from Vertu Motors plc. The acquisition was completed in consultation and with the support of Volvo UK.
Also effective 20 December 2019 we relocated the business too, just off Pride Parkway, Stadium View on Pride Park
Marshall acquire Progress SKODA, a further four SKODA businesses in Bedford, Harlow, Letchworth and Northampton which brings our SKODA representation to 11 making us their largest brand partner in the UK.
Marshall have strengthened and extended their brand reach by acquiring SKODA Leicester and SKODA Nottingham from Sandicliffe Limited. Taking the groups brand representation to seven makes Marshall one of their largest brand partners.
Following an extensive external audit of our management, HR practices and culture Marshall Motor Holdings plc was named by Great Place to Work® UK as one of the UK’s Best Large Workplaces achieving a ranking of 21st in the Best UK Large Workplaces category.
Following an extensive external audit of our management, HR practices and culture Marshall Motor Holdings plc was named by Great Place to Work® UK as one of the UK’s Best Large Workplaces achieving a ranking of 22nd in the Best UK Large Workplaces category.
MMH strengthens its financial position further allowing management to focus on driving the core retail operations and take advance of opportunities in a changing and consolidating retail landscape
Marshall cements its position as Volvo’s largest franchise partner with the acquisition of Volvo Leeds from Harratts Group. This takes the Group to 104 franchise locations across 26 counties.
Following an extensive external audit of our management, HR practices and culture Marshall Motor Holdings plc was named by Great Place to Work® UK as one of the UK’s Best Large Workplaces achieving a ranking of 19th in the Best UK Large Workplaces category.
Marshall acquires Ridgeway for £106.9m taking the Group to 103 franchise locations, 25 counties and in excess of £2 Billion in turnover.
Ridgeway brand partners are Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Maserati, MINI, SKODA and smart. The acquisition extends Marshall’s footprint into new and attractive geographic territories across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset, and Wiltshire.
Following an extensive audit of our management and HR practices Marshall
Motor Holdings PLC were named by the Great Place to Work® Institute as
one of the UK’s Best Large Workplaces. Achieving a ranking of 26th in
the Best Large UK Companies category.
Marshall Motor Group acquire S G Smith for £24.4 Million taking the group to 76 franchise locations, 19 counties and in excess of £1.2 Billion in turnover.
SGS brand partners are Audi in the Wimbledon, Coulsdon, Bexley and Beckenham market areas; Skoda in Croydon; and Mercedes Benz commercial (after sales only) in Croydon. The acquisition extends Marshall’s footprint into new and attractive geographic territories, being the Kent, Surrey and London markets.
Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the automotive sector, spending 30 years in senior roles in retail and distribution with the Rover group, Inchcape and Marshall. After previously leading the Marshall retail business between 1990 and 1995, he joined Inchcape, heading up its retail operation. He was then appointed to run Inchcape Motors International and in 1999 was made the Chief Executive of Inchcape plc. During the period between 1999 and 2005, working alongside Alan Ferguson, Daksh Gupta and Mark Raban, Peter oversaw the group’s growth in market capitalisation from around £250 million to over £1.5 billion.
Peter has served on the Bunzl Public Limited Company board from 2006 to 2015 as its senior independent director and chairman of its remuneration committee. He also chaired Rank Plc. from 2007 to 2012 and served on the Wates Group Limited board from 2003 to 2013. Peter was appointed chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation during 2015 and remains in that position.
2014 saw the start of the second phase of the Group’s strategy to implement the "Vision". (See section on Vision). The acquisition of Crystal Motor Group was core to increasing the Marshall Motor Group’s exposure to the premium motor retailing sector with the acquisition of BMW and Mini, with sites located at Scunthorpe and Grimsby.
The Groups first prestige brand, Maserati was opened in Peterborough mid 2014.
By the end of 2014, Marshall had exited 25 non-core or loss making operations and a number of other businesses that were no longer key to its strategy. During this time, it made 13 acquisitions as well as building six start-ups, together adding 51 franchises.
After completing Strategic Change Phase 1, Marshall continued its strategic development with its Vision and five core pillars: Class Leading Returns, Customer First, Retailing Excellence, People Centric, Strategic Growth.
With the acquisition of Silver Street the Group increased its exposure
to VW, adding a further 5 VW dealerships and also introducing a new
premium German brand, with 4 Audi dealerships. The acquisition provided
Marshall Motor Group with an extension to its geographical reach, with
sites based in the South West of England: Plymouth, Barnstaple, Exeter
The acquisition of F-Cross and Son enabled Marshall Motor Group to add
the additional franchise brand of VW in Scunthorpe Passenger cars (PC)
and Commercial Vehicles, Grimsby VW (PC) and Scunthorpe Kia.
The acquisition of a number of dealerships from Pilling Motor Group,
increased the group’s exposure to Volvo, Renault, Dacia and Mazda. The
Group also added to its Honda business with the acquisition of Harrogate
Mercedes Benz Area 5 was awarded to Marshall Motor Group, giving the
Group its first premium German franchise brand. The acquisition
broadened Marshall Motor Group’s geographical presence away from East
Anglia to the North West of England, with Mercedes Benz dealerships at
Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Preston and South Lakes.
Marshall Motor Group acquired two businesses in 2009, 3 Honda
dealerships from De Vries: Hull Honda, Scarborough Honda and York Honda
and acquired one Jaguar dealerships in Ipswich. A number of new
start-ups were added to the retail portfolio, which included Ipswich Kia
and Cambridge Hyundai.
In 2008 Marshall Motor Group started its growth strategy, which included the restructuring of the Group’s portfolio of automotive brands. A target was set that the business would be profitable, reach a turnover of £1bn by end 2013, be a high ranking great place to work and focus on a number of preferred automotive manufacturing brands that would lead the way in shaping the global automotive market.
Daksh Gupta joins Marshall Motor Group - he has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive retail sector and
joined the Company in 2008 as its Chief Executive Officer.
Marshall Motor Group was one of the first to develop a
purpose-built multi-franchise operations with the opening of the
Marshall Car Centre on Newmarket Road in Cambridge, utilising land
already owned by the company. Parts Warehouse with a large dedicated
used car operation, a 60,000ft2 parts warehouse and 8 franchise specific
showrooms and workshops, this innovative new concept led the industry.
Peter Johnson joined Marshall Motor Group in 1990 and left in 1995
The nationalisation and subsequent privatisation of the British
motor manufacturing industry during the 60s/70s/80s saw Marshall’s
franchise base broaden to include most of the well-known British
marques: Austin, Morris, Rover, Jaguar, Triumph, Land Rover, Leyland,
Rolls Royce Bentley and Aston Martin.
The opening of the Company’s second airfield presented Marshall with an opportunity to open a second garage, known as Airport Garage. Having been closed down as part of the war effort during the Second World War, both garages re-opened in 1945, with Jesus Lane concentrating on Austin Cars and Airport Garage focusing on Austin Trucks.
The company purchased the necessary farmland and in 1937 the new Cambridge Airport was officially opened by the then Secretary of State for Air, Sir Kingsley Wood. This was very opportune for re-armament was becoming an urgent national priority, along with the need for even more facilities for military aircrew training.
A chance meeting with Sir Herbert (later Lord) Austin during the Great War when David Marshall’s reserved occupation was as a catering manager, resulted in Marshall being awarded the Distributorship for Austin in Cambridgeshire immediately after the war, although the formal contracts were not signed until 1920.
During the 1914-1918 War, the company’s premises, which had relocated to Jesus Lane in 1912 when the trade expanded to include selling cars, were used for servicing and repairing of vehicles required for the war effort.
Marshall of Cambridge was established in 1909 by David Gregory Marshall, in a small lock-up garage in Brunswick Gardens, Cambridge as a chauffeur drive company, which was an immediate success and prompted the move to larger premises in Kings Street in 1910.