HB Accident Repair Network Ltd has been incorporated by three former directors of Howard Basford Ltd. The company has opened its first body shop site in Swinton, Manchester this week.
The company will initially create 45 new jobs at its 23,000 square foot facility in Swinton and has plans to create more than 200 jobs in the Northwest within the next three years.
After a five-year interlude, original company Chairman Tracy Howard, Finance Director Nick Orr and Operations Director Martin Isaac have reassembled after spotting a gap in the current market.
The trio plan to demonstrate their commitment to the region by expanding the HB Accident Repair Network to five sites over the next three years and will focus on building the business in the Northwest.
Notably, the original business grew to become Britain’s largest privately owned and highly regarded industry leading accident repair group, with sites at Manchester, Stockport, Crewe and Warrington, and a turnover of £20m before it was sold in 2014.
The new team brings a wealth of experience and market knowledge to the region and plans to pick up where they left off.
Tracy Howard, Chairman of HB Accident Repair Network said: “We see a great opportunity in the Northwest market to provide choice for our customers, and as an original team of directors and huge ambassadors of the industry, it’s our intention to continually evolve the market proposition.
“It’s our vision to be recognised as the leading accident repair network in terms of service, quality, innovation and respect for the environment. All being delivered through a skilled and professional team”
“We are overwhelmed with the early support we are receiving from all areas of the industry, and we have already secured several key relationships with like minded organisations that share our vision. Our ambition is to continue to invest in the Northwest with the right sites, the right technology and the right people.”