Nissan sells off its West Means manufacturer-owned retail group

Nissan Motor GB has introduced the sale of its 13 manufacturer-owned West Means dealerships, following the announcement of its future Ideally suited Community Plan and a strategic evaluate of its enterprise.

Current companions are set to take over the dealerships as a part of plans to strengthen their strategic Nissan portfolio.

Yeomans will purchase websites in Aldershot and Basingstoke. Glyn Hopkin will tackle the dealership in Mill Hill (pictured proper), which has grow to be a brutalist landmark for north London commuters, and Hendy will purchase the Southampton enterprise.

The remaining 9 West Means websites in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Rochdale, Stockport, Altrincham, Coventry, Stourbridge, Oldham and Manchester, together with head workplace and group assist features, are being purchased as a bunch by buyers who haven’t but been named.

The disposals might be accomplished by the top of August, with round 450 West Means workers being transferred to the brand new house owners.

The AM100 vendor group’s most up-to-date accounts at Firms Home present it achieved £285.5 million turnover in 2020 (down 30% from £410.2m in 2019), and made a pre-tax lack of £9.1m (an enchancment from a £12.1m loss in 2019).

The corporate final recorded a pre-tax revenue in 2018, of £153,000, in accordance with Firms Home accounts.

Andrew Humberstone (pictured under), managing director (MD) of Nissan Motor GB, mentioned: “We now have carried out a strategic evaluate of our enterprise operations to concentrate on sustainable profitability for the long run, aligned to our world Nissan Subsequent transformation technique.

“West Means is a excessive performing enterprise that delivered file leads to 2021 and gives wonderful ranges of customer support.

“This, mixed with the launch of Nissan’s thrilling and electrified new merchandise, ensures it’s a very engaging proposition for these buyers.

“They can leverage the synergies of their present enterprise items and guarantee these vendor websites can proceed to develop and preserve the good expertise our prospects are accustomed to receiving.”

West Way NissanThe divestment of the West Means websites is a part of a wider strategic transfer for Nissan, designed to satisfy business challenges and ‘construct a sustainable enterprise with its companions for the long run’.

Underneath the brand new plan Nissan could have a UK illustration of round 140 gross sales websites and roughly 180 service centres.

Nissan has been accused of attempting to carry out a “cloak and dagger” restructure of its franchised automobile retail community which can axe a few of its longest serving and top-performing franchised automobile sellers. Nissan GB managing director, Andrew Humberstone

Humberstone would only state that Nissan was reshaping its territories in an OEM profile function with AM in October final 12 months, including that the long run is in “fewer, larger, higher” gross sales factors and that, because of good profitability, its 67 franchisees can make investments the place Nissan wants them to. 

West Means had expanded up to now decade, together with buying the Mill Hill site from WMLG.

Jon Roberts, managing director of West Way, mentioned: “I want to personally thank our colleagues which might be integrating into new companies within the south for his or her dedication and contribution to the group over a few years.

“This can be a actually thrilling time for the remaining websites at West Means which might be being acquired as a bunch which can enable them to construct additional on the super success in newer years, with 2021 being a file outcome. 

“As a part of this West Means may also see the required funding within the companies to raise them to the subsequent stage.”

James Smith, managing director and chairman of Yeomans, mentioned: “We’re delighted to be increasing our partnership with Nissan in Aldershot and Basingstoke.

“This acquisition will take us to seven shops with the model whom we’ve got represented since our first website opened in Worthing in 1986.

“It’s an thrilling time for Nissan within the UK with the launch of Ariya and new electrified powertrains throughout the vary, we stay up for sharing a profitable future.”

Paul Hendy, chief government of Hendy Group, added: “The Hendy Group are delighted to be a part of an thrilling future with Nissan, and the Southampton acquisition is testomony to our dedication to the model.

“We stay up for welcoming our new colleagues to the group and constructing on the good work that they’ve achieved as a crew.”

Fraser Cohen, managing director of Glyn Hopkin, mentioned: “We’re very happy to be including Mill Hill to our present 13 Nissan dealerships.

“It’s a famend flagship facility masking a really important market and strategically makes good sense given the markets we already cowl.

“We’re trying ahead to welcoming all of the workers at Mill Hill into the Glyn Hopkin group and are very assured that we will work collectively to maximise this wonderful alternative at such an thrilling time for the Nissan model.”

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