Andrew Page transformation gathers momentum

Leading autoparts and workshop equipment distributor, Andrew Page, is enjoying a strong close to 2014 and looking forward very positively to 2015.

“In the past six months we have seen double digit growth in group sales which is remarkable,” said Simon Mullin, Sales & Marketing Director of Andrew Page. “We achieved record sales for Garage equipment in October, our best daily sales for 3 years in November and currently forecasting extremely strong like for like growth in December.”

Mark Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of Andrew Page added: “We are now operating deliveries twice daily out of Markham Vale to support the increased sales numbers. This is reinforced by ongoing investments, such as replacing 400 vans and refurbishing the Farnborough site as part of a roll-out of new retail outlets.”

The acquisition of 21 sites from Unipart Automotive (UA), following its collapse, has been a big boost to the company. In addition to acquiring former UA sites, Andrew Page also purchased £18m worth of its inventory, which has been selling strongly across the network.

The recent partnership with leading servicing/repair aggregator, WhoCanFixMyCar.com, has allowed Andrew Page to help garages tap into new business. The relationship incentivises garages to purchase their parts from Andrew Page, having won a repair or service job via the WhoCanFixMyCar.com site. In addition the company’s profile has been raised nationally through the successful launch of the AutoInsider Live events.

“We’ve taken some giant steps forward as a business this year,” explained Jim Sumner, Executive Chairman of Andrew Page. “We are now in the process of reviewing a number of options to develop the business further, in terms of rapidly growing our branch network, developing on-line sales, as well as expanding our product range into new sectors.”

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About Andrew Page Limited

Having originally been founded by Andrew Page in 1917, his son James, formed Andrew Page Limited in 1946. The company is an independent distributor of quality vehicle components, workshop equipment, tools and diagnostics. From its Leeds headquarters it controls all nationwide branches and employs over 2,000 people.

The company has grown progressively and underlined its national reach by acquiring the Camberley Auto Factors (CAF) branch network in the south of England, which has been rebranded as Andrew Page, The Autoparts People. The company supplies products from many of the world’s leading automotive component makers, including Bosch, for which it has been a distributor since 1947. Its own range of high quality components, under the Drive Master and Fohrenbuhl brands, cover many leading vehicle marques and models.

The AP-Tech division meets customer requirements for tools and workshop equipment and reaches customers across the UK through its website www.ap-tech.co.uk. Auto Education is a training programme run by Andrew Page Limited and consists of 30 courses designed to improve and advance technicians skills to recognised national standards. Further information on the training courses and how to book can be found at: www.autoeducation.co.uk.

For further Andrew Page press information, please contact Automotive PR:

Matt Sanger       – 020 7952 1079 or msanger@automotivepr.com

Adam Forshaw   – 020 7952 1082 or aforshaw@automotivepr.com

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