The end of Dews

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

One of the UK’s old­est deal­er­ships, Hal­i­fax-based Dews, has ceased trad­ing af­ter sell­ing ve­hi­cles for the last 106 years.

The busi­ness was founded in 1910 by Ernest Dew and the dealer group’s first fran­chise was with Vaux­hall in 1928. Ernest’s son David start­ing work at the busi­ness as an ap­pren­tice in 1957 and was made chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in March 1999.

He and son Craig, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing, headed a man­age­ment buy­out in Jan­uary 2008 when they ac­quired con­trol of the busi­ness from fam­ily share­hold­ers.

A state­ment re­leased by the com­pany says: ‘This was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make. How­ever… smaller firms such as Dews con­tinue to strug­gle to re­main com­pet­i­tive. As a re­sult the di­rec­tors have de­cided to close the busi­ness.’

One of Bri­tain’s old­est deal­ers, Dews has closed down af­ter

106 years in busi­ness.

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