The end of Dews
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.