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Vertu Motors announce new sports sponsorships

Vertu Motors has agreed a 12-month partnership with Somerset Country Cricket Club.

The motor retailer recently expanded its presence in the Southwest of England with the acquisition of 28 sales outlets from Helston Garages Group.

Vertu Motors branding will feature on the sleeve of the Club’s LV= Insurance County Championship and One-Day Cup playing shirts.

The AM100 PLC will also become a One-Day Cup Big Screen Boundary Partner and T20 Live Stream Partner, giving the retailer visibility at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

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Snows expands network with acquisition of J Davy Vauxhall and Citroen sites in Basingstoke

Snows Motor Group has expanded its business portfolio after agreeing a deal to take over two sites in Basingstoke.

The south coast-based dealer group already runs successful Kia and Peugeot showrooms in the town and takes over the additional sites from local dealer group J Davy.

The agreement means Snows now has three Vauxhall dealerships, with the others in Southampton and Chandlers Ford, among its 50 sites.

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Lookers eyes second charity ride challenge after 'smashing' £150,000 target

Fund raising cyclists from Lookers are setting their sights on a new cycling challenge after raising £150,000 with 650km Birmingham to Belfast charity ride.

The AM100 PLC revealed this week that it had “smashed” its fund raising target to deliver support to the Macmillan Cancer Support and Papyrus charities.

And, despite the gruelling nature of the first ride, group chief operating officer Duncan McPhee reveald that plans were already been hatched for a follow-up ride in 2023.

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Vertu agrees partnership with Somerset Country Cricket Club

Vertu Motors has agreed a 12-month partnership with Somerset County Cricket Club.

The dealer recently expanded its presence in the Southwest of England with the acquisition of 28 sales outlets from Helston Garages Group.

Vertu Motors branding will feature on the sleeve of the Club’s LV= Insurance County Championship and One-Day Cup playing shirts.

Vertu Motors will also become a One Day Cup Big Screen Boundary Partner and T20 Live Stream Partner.

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Arnold Clark Autoparts wins CAT Awards' Factor of the Year title

Arnold Clark Autoparts has been named the ‘Factor of the Year’ at the CAT magazine Awards 2023.

Voted for by professionals in the automotive aftermarket, the award was presented at an awards ceremony hosted by four times BTCC champion Colin Turkington at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) vice presedent and Arnold Clark Autoparts group factor manager Craig McCracken received the award as the business became one of 11 winners on the night.

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Waylands Automotive CEO: ‘We’re unashamedly spending a lot on property’

Waylands Automotive chief executive John O’Hanlon admits the group has “unashamedly” been investing heavily on its car dealership property ahead of Swindon Volvo opening.

The AM Awards-winning retail group opened the new dealership on Great Western Way, Swindon, yesterday (February 13) to create a new flagship dealership for the Swedish brand and another statement site for the business.

And it comes just weeks after O’Hanlon explained the importance he sees in property investment in conversation with AM news and features editor Tom Sharpe on an episode of the AM News Show podcast.

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Vospers takes over Vauxhall Plymouth franchise from Evans Halshaw

Vospers has grown its Stellantis representation in Plymouth by taking over the city's Vauxhall franchise from Pendragon’s Evans Halshaw business.

The AM100 retail group takes on the Stellantis brand’s franchise in its hometown and will initially open a temporary dealership at its Marsh Hills headquarters ahead of the creation of a new eight-car showroom and aftersales facility this summer.

Vospers now holds the OEM giant’s Abarth, Dacia, Fiat and Peugeot franchises in the South coast city, with Yeomans the operator of its Citroen operation.