Gilder buys Honda franchise

Gilder Group's chief executive, Garry Scotting.
Gilder Group's chief executive, Garry Scotting.

THE GILDER Group has bought the Honda franchise in Chesterfield from the Gordon Lamb Group for an undisclosed sum.

Garry Scotting, chief executive of the Sheffield-based Gilder Group, said: “Adding another Honda centre to our portfolio further strengthens our retail operations in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

“The Honda marque has a number of synergies with the existing brands we represent and enhances our customer offering in the region.

“Customers will benefit, for example, from an expansion of our used Honda stock with over 175 used cars to choose from across the Group.”

As part of the deal, The Gilder Group will move Honda to a new facility in Chesterfield, located on Lockoford Lane off the Tesco roundabout, next to Mercedes Benz.

The new facility will open on Monday, February 6.

Scotting added: “Honda customers can continue to rely on the exceptional quality of service that both The Gilder Group and the former Gordon Lamb centre are renowned for.

“All staff at the centre are moving over to Gilder Honda and a warm, friendly welcome is guaranteed for new and existing customers.”

Stephen Lamb, chief executive of Gordon Lamb Group, adds: “As the centre passes from one local family business to another, I am confident that our customers will receive the same unrivalled levels of service.

“We are especially pleased with the timing of this deal as the funds generated from this sale have allowed us to exchange on the purchase of Skoda in Derby.”

This latest deal follows Gilder Group’s acquisition of Peter Brooks’ two Honda retail sites in Sheffield and Rotherham in September last year and will see the group’s turnover increase to over £200 million.