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Milestones - 2011

January

We’re setting our stall out early for 2011 with more new branches opening this month in Redditch/Bromsgrove, Cannock, Bolton, Oxford and Romford. We’re also expanding our Cambridge and Slough branches to increase service levels.

We’re also delighted to have been shortlisted as a Sunday Times Top Track 250 company – a fantastic achievement for a company that started out as a small shop in 1978! Companies are selected based on sales and growth and typically comprises the biggest and best privately owned companies in the UK.

Our new fleet of trucks has now been fully operational for several months and we’re still adding to it. In addition to this fleet we’ve just ordered another 130+ delivery vans for the network – these will be deployed later this month.

Finally, here’s a quick update on the numbers for 2010 and from an initial target of £235m for the year we are pleased to announce that the year’s sales will be in excess of £270m, up from £187m in 2009 – another amazing year of record growth!

To put this in perspective here are some facts and figures from 2010:

- 1 x National Distribution Centre (400,000 sq/ft)

- 8 x Regional Distribution Centre’s (150,000 sq/ft)

- 23 x new / expanded branches

- 1,000 new employees

- 200 new vans

- 7 million customer deliveries - that's 1 delivery EVERY 1.3 seconds of every working day!

 

February

January proved yet again to be a magnificent month and we are very pleased to announce we are ahead of schedule with regards to the opening of our Chelmsford Branch. Bolton & Romford Branches will also open this month.

Our recruitment drive is going from strength to strength with two successful recruitment open days in January and two further dates planned for February. See our careers section on this site for more information on these events.

In January we announced that 2010 was an amazing year in terms of growth, having achieved sales in excess of £270m. We can now confidently announce sales for 2011 will be in the region of £340m.

Exciting news for performance enthusiasts, we has been appointed the sole UK distributor for H&R suspension products. We see great opportunities to develop H&R sales through fast road retailers and specialist tuners throughout the UK. The range includes lowering springs, coilover suspension kits and wheel spacers.

At the back end of 2010 we announced the signing between Bosch and Euro Car Parts of the Bosch AutoCrew Garage concept. We are delighted that Bicester Garage in Bicester, is the first Bosch AutoCrew Garage in the UK. The programme is gathering great interest from the independent garages and once again, Euro Car Parts are doing all we can to ensure the future prosperity of the independent garage owner & repairer.

March

The AutoCrew Garage concept was officially launched at a successful press conference held on Friday February 25th at Bosch, Denham. Senior staff & Directors from Bosch, Euro Car Parts and the RAC presented this unique concept to the UK's trade press.

AutoCrew is an exceptional opportunity for independent garages to protect their future by connecting with a brand that will quickly become a major force in the UK repair industry. The official website for AutoCrew will also launch in March.

Our Chelmsford Branch is on schedule to open mid-March and we are continuing our recruitment drive with more Recruitment Open Days scheduled. See our careers section for more information.

April

Completion of building work on our Bromsgrove, Bedford and Doncaster Branches will be completed this month ready for the grand opening in May of all three sites.

Sites in Huddersfield and Isleworth have also been located and dates for the opening of both sites will be announced shortly

We will also be attending the Workshop Show at the NEC in April for the presentation to the Top Technician 2011. We all have a duty to ensure the on-going success and future prosperity of the independent aftermarket and as one of the principal sponsors of this event we are proud to be able to offer repairers and technicians help and advice on training or equipment purchases, and general helping them to future proof their businesses.

May

Launched in early 2011 the AutoCrew Garage Concept has now appointed more than 30 garages across the UK to join the network. The response from garages has been extremely encouraging and we are confident that 200 garages will be part of the AutoCrew Garage Concept by the end of 2011.

Euro Car Parts will be exhibiting at Mechanex Show in Harrogate which is being held at the Yorkshire Event Centre on May 18thand 19th from 10am – 4pm. Any customers interested in attending should contact their local branch of Euro Car Parts for their FREE ticket to this event. Euro Car Parts continues to support the industry by attending this established trade show.

June

Euro Car Parts wins prestigious Best Management Team award sponsored by PwC, at the Profit Track 130+ national awards dinner on 14 June.

Fewer than 2,000 private companies in the UK generate profits of more than £3m, so the 130+ with the fastest-growing profits are very much the elite.

The twelfth annual Sunday Times PwC Profit Track 130+ awards dinner was held at The Savoy Hotel in London. Key speakers included Nick Jenkins, founder and chairman of Moonpig.com, and Larry Billett, chairman of Pret A Manger.

Presenting the “special award for excellence in management” to Euro Car Parts’ founder and chief executive Sukhpal Singh,PwC assurance partner John Minards said: “He and his team have transformed the business from a niche supplier to a major UK car parts distributor.” 

Sukhpal Singh commented: “Winning the Best Management Team award is just fantastic, a real honour. There are so many great British companies in the Profit Track 100, for Euro Car Parts to be recognised in this way makes me extremely proud.

“By putting customers first and maintaining our ‘edge’ – our unrivalled levels of commitment, drive and passion – I see no reason why we cannot turn over £1bn a year and employ 10,000 people in the UK and beyond. We are very proud to announce an exciting new and exclusive partnership at Euro Car Parts - Remaned Diesel - specialising in remanufactured common rail diesel pumps & injectors.

This brand new state of the art 16,000 sq ft plant in Hastings will provide UK customers with an unrivalled service for the UK aftermarket in terms of price and turnaround

This new division has the resource, investment and skilled diesel personnel to deliver a service to our customers not available anywhere else in the UK, and will also contribute to our ambitious carbon reduction programme.

Bromsgrove branch opened its doors on 16th May and our Bedford branch on 31st May - creating more than 60 jobs in the local area, along with offering the independent garage owners and mechanics unrivalled choice and availability of parts.

Doncaster, York, Huddersfield and Isleworth are on schedule to open in the coming weeks - watch this space for more information on opening dates. Our expansion programme has gathered speed in the last week with Oxford and Medway locations being secured.

A busy week continues with the delivery of more than 150 additional livered delivery vans nationwide.

July

AutoCrew turns 50

MVS Automotive in Birmingham is AutoCrew Partner no. 50, successfully joining the Bosch garage concept programme.

This unique workshop concept for independent vehicle garages is one of the fastest moving and successful concepts to have been launched in Europe in recent years.

Owning an independent workshop in today's business climate poses significantly more challenges than in the past.

Find out how becoming an AutoCrew Partner can benefit you by contact any branch of Euro Car Parts.

Royal Stamp of Approval for IMI Awards Outstanding Achievers

IMI Awards celebrated the achievements of individuals and training providers at the automotive awarding body’s annual outstanding achievers event which was held at Fanshaws in Hertfordshire on Thursday 23 June 2011. The prestigious event, held in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent and sponsored by Euro Car Parts, celebrates the achievements of automotive students and staff from IMI Awards approved centres.

Finalists were congratulated by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, who said in his opening address;


“I am delighted to present these awards as they provide an opportunity to showcase the hard work, dedication and true passion that exists within the automotive sector today. I would also like to offer my personal congratulations to individuals and training providers; you should all feel extremely proud of your outstanding achievements.”

Euro Car Parts Marketing Director, Bill Stimson, commented;

"Euro Car Parts is always proud to support IMI Awards’ Outstanding Achievers. Our congratulations go to all the participants and especially the winners. Good quality training is important in every industry, but in the fast-moving world of vehicle servicing and repair it is absolutely essential. New technologies are being introduced all the time, and each one requires a repair solution. We are famous for providing any part for any car and these talented men and women are the people who fit them. Their skill and enthusiasm is both inspirational and reassuring. This year it was particularly encouraging to see so many top-notch female vehicle technicians getting the recognition they deserve.”

August

From the "Dreamy Spires" of Oxford to the Medway towns around Rochester in Kent, Euro Car Parts brings 21st Century service to the local independent garage trader.

With so many garage owners crying out for a 21st century parts supplier to open in their area, We are pleased to announce Oxford and Medway branches are now open for business.

Customers in the Oxford area in particular have waited a long time for us to find the right premises - so we are delighted that those customers are now benefiting from the local service being offered by this latest addition to the Euro Car Parts network.

Euro Car Parts Rochester, Kent is also trading and able to service the Gillingham, Strood, Chatham, Sittingbourne and Sheerness areas, having opened their doors on August 10th

More than 60 jobs have been created in the local area. Kent now has five Euro Car Parts sites,Tunbridge Wells, Croydon, Ashford, Croydon and now Medway - so we have it covered!

Having successfully opened our Doncaster Superstore & hub plus York branch in July, the network expansion will continue in August with the opening of Medway and Oxford branches. All offering the usual fantastic range and availability of parts, tools and accessories to both the professional garage mechanic and DIYer.

We are very proud to have been nominated this month for two awards, the first being the Private Business Awards which aims to celebrate the best in the private sector and highlight the achievements of individuals and companies. Euro Car Parts have been nominated as a finalist.

The second award is the National Tyre Distributors Association Award for Tyre & Aftermarket Supplier 2011.

September

The Euro Car Parts network now exceeds 130+ branches with an additional 20 planned to open over the next 12 months. Our Basingstoke branch opened at the end of September and Taunton is planned to open October 12th.

Our growth has been underpinned by strengthened logistics, which includes 8 regional hubs. This fully integrated system means that our 24,000 garage customers can access 97% of our product range on a "same-day" basis.

We are confident in claiming that Euro Car Parts are now twice as big as our nearest competitor. Our half year figures show we have increased turnover by 30%.

We are creating more jobs, investing in industry-leading electronic cataloguing systems, to ensure 100% accuracy of parts look-up, along with other initiatives to ensure our customers, the independent motor trader, is provided with all the technical information and know-how to help them future proof their business.

October

Euro Car Parts support PRO-MOTE - www.pro-mote.org.uk

Launched today, Euro Car Parts are one of the leading supporters of this initiative to stop the government changing the MOT test frequency

We are taking every opportunity to highlight the vital role that independent garages play in maintaining affordable mobility for British Citizens and businesses.

It is the worst idea to come from the government since Scrapage. Without the discipline of an annual MOT, many millions of cash-strapped or careless motorists will abandon preventative maintenance and drive for up to 2 years with dangerous tyres, brakes, lights etc, the cost to the nation in death, injury, car accidents, breakdowns and increased emissions will be truly massive - all for a measly £15 or £20 annual "saving" per car.

We are very pleased to announce branch No 90 opens it's doors today (October 13th), in Taunton.

AutoCrew – the fast-growing garage concept launched by Bosch & Euro Car Parts – has today rolled out a national advertising campaign: “Rely on AutoCrew”.

The AutoCrew adverts will appear in some of the UK’s most popular newspapers, including the Daily Star, Star Sunday, Daily Mirror and The People. These four publications alone boast a combined circulation of 3.5m people and a readership of 7.5m.

The eye-catching AutoCrew advert asks: “Who can you rely on for servicing, repairs and MOTs?” The answer: “AutoCrew garages offer quality servicing for your vehicle and value for money. To find your nearest AutoCrew garage, visit www.autocrew.co.uk or call freephone 0800 028 9573.”

 

November

It’s the perfect time for garages to get on board with AutoCrew and future proof their business.

AutoCrew – the new garage concept launched by Bosch and Euro Car Parts– held its first Members’ Meeting at Bosch HQ, Denham, on 26 October 2011.

The turnout was excellent with 35 of the 68 member garages represented. Above all, the event provided a great opportunity for members to give feedback and to share examples of best practice.

Helen Watkins, AutoCrew concept manager at Bosch, commented: “Together with Euro Car Parts we provide a lot of added benefits. We are building a network of quality independent garages and our target is to have 250 members by the end of 2012.”

Euro Car Parts Marketing Director, Bill Stimson added: “This is the perfect time for garages to get on board with AutoCrew because business is moving away from the franchised dealer network to independent garages faster than ever.”

Mark Johnson, of commercial operations at the RAC, agreed: “It is encouraging to see so many people here today because that shows the AutoCrew network is moving towards a nationwide network.

 

December

Branch expansion announced

We are very pleased to confirm our branch expansion for the first quarter of 2012 is well under way and we are currently in final stages of refurbishing or building state-of-the-art new outlets to serve Blackpool, Borehamwood, Brixton, Chesterfield, Huddersfield, Kings Lynn, Lincoln, Littlehampton, Luton/Dunstable, Sutton, Tyseley, Wapping and Wokingham. These will all be open by the end of Q1 2012, creating more than 600 new jobs for local people. Indeed, the recruitment drive is already at an advanced stage.

Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia commented: “Euro Car Parts has built its reputation on friendly service, great availability, choice and competitive prices. The Euro Car Parts management team to continue rapid expansion in the UK and to explore additional opportunities throughout Europe. Local garages will benefit from easy access to the UK’s largest range of car parts, and the new stores will also mean job creation in locals areas at a time when unemployment is at an all-time high. We are proud to be actively searching for new sites and new recruits during this challenging economic period. While many organisations are looking to rationalise, Euro Car Parts continues to thrive."