Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. is a subsidiary of Motus Holdings Limited, a diversified (non-manufacturing) South African company centred on the automotive sector and founded initially as a single car dealership in 1948. Today, it is a business listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, turning over close to £4.5 billion and employing some 18,300 people across its operations in South Africa, the UK and Australia.
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. manages the automotive interests of Imperial Holdings Ltd. in the United Kingdom. These encompass 112 vehicle franchise outlets at 68 locations: truck and van operations number 84 franchise outlets; passenger vehicles, 28 franchise outlets. The business additionally operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. operates the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and, with its passenger vehicle interests included, ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs almost 3000 people across its operations.
A NEW NAME IN UK AUTOMOTIVE LEADERSHIP
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. is the new name for IH Mobility Holdings (UK) Ltd., a group that has grown successfully across the UK over the years, with interests in trucks and vans, passenger cars, parts, servicing, body repairs and bodybuilding and the supply of commercial vehicle equipment such as tail-lifts, curtain-sides and roller doors. With the move by our South African operating parent company toward the Motus name – ‘motus’ is Latin for motion – Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. has been adopted as the new name for our leading UK automotive group. Although our name changes, our dedication, to the high standards of business that have helped us become one of the UK’s most successful independent groups, will remain and grow.
A CONTINUING TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. will continue the well-established traditions of the business to date; service excellence, reflected in all that we do, complemented by the high-quality commercial and passenger vehicles marques that we represent.
Currently, these include: Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Dacia, DAF, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, LDV, MAN, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Seat, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. Combined sales figures place the company well inside the Top 15 of UK automotive dealer groups overall.
Motus will be powered by its people – a diverse combination of experienced, educated and energetic individuals – whose progress will rely on strategic clarity, operational excellence and innovation. In short we are dedicated to powering the progress of Motus to become a highly competitive world class vehicle group.
Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. employs some 3000 people across its national footprint of 115 franchise outlets with their 69 sites. In addition, the business incorporates seven passenger car and commercial vehicle body repair locations and two specialist truck body builders, as well as parts and commercial vehicle equipment operations. The overall business is split into four divisions that are managed under the wholly-owned operating company, Motus Group (UK) Ltd.
Motus is thought to be the largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group in UK, and is the largest DAF dealer in Europe. Its network also incorporates two major Mercedes Benz and three MAN dealerships. In the passenger car sector, the company’s Pentagon business operates 28 franchise outlets and represents many of the most important car and van brands on the UK market.
Alongside parts and service for franchised brand outlets, Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. operates two service-only locations, has thriving online van sales in Best Van Deals, runs parts supply businesses for trucks and trailers through its TTE arm, as well as truck and trailer equipment through its Humberside Tail Lift operations, while commercial vehicle bodying takes place under its Mackworth brand.
Imperial Commercials is an established and highly-regarded dealership name in the UK transport industry, offering truck and van sales and customer support through DAF, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu Trucks, Isuzu Pickups, Iveco, LDV, MAN, Renault and VW franchise outlets spread across more than 30 sites. In addition, it operates its own successful online van sales – Best Van Deals. The business includes the largest DAF Trucks dealer group in Europe and continues to look for opportunities to grow organically through existing brands, new franchises and possible acquisitions.
A variety of high quality commercial vehicle products and services are channelled through the operations of Imperial Vehicle Solutions: truck and trailer parts through its TTE and RDP operations; body conversions from its Mackworth brand; curtain-sides at its Halesowen site; and supply of tail lifts and shutter doors through its Humberside Tail Lifts business, which also supplies tail lift parts with its parts4taillifts.com.
Two of the UK’s biggest and best Mercedes Benz truck and van dealerships, S&B Commercials and Orwell Truck & Van, are managed through the Mercedes Division. Customers benefit from the pooled expertise and market knowledge, as well as practical assistance in areas such as finance, stock-holdings and parts and service availability.
Pentagon Motor Group was established in March 1991 with just one Vauxhall dealership in Derby. Today, the business operates some 37 franchise outlets for major brands of cars and vans, from 23 sites across the East Midlands and North.
Rob Truscott, CEO of Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd., joined the operation in 2017 from its South African parent company, the Motus Corporation. He has overseen a number of significant developments in the UK, including the integration of the Pentagon Motor Group, and is now focused on steering the overall business through an important period of growth.
Before coming to the UK, Rob ran the Corporation’s passenger vehicle division in South Africa for four years, overseeing 135 franchise outlets, eight dedicated pre-owned dealerships and representing all the major brands in the country. He also had 10 years’ experience as MD of a large multi-franchise commercial and passenger vehicle business in South Africa. Prior to entering the motor industry, he worked for a mobile telephone network, initially responsible for commercial legal functions and thereafter as its CEO in central Africa. After leaving university, Rob qualified and practised law as an attorney, and then as an advocate at the Johannesburg side bar and bar, before leaving the legal profession to pursue a business career.
Will Davey, Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz Commercials Division of Motus Holdings UK Ltd., started with the Group in 2015 as Director of Truck Sales for S&B Commercials, the group’s Mercedes-Benz dealership, with dealer points across Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire. Following a successful period in this role, in 2017 he was appointed Regional Director for the group’s DAF-Birmingham region of Imperial Commercials, with its three dealer points. Having gained successful experience in the role of directly managing the general operations of these dealerships, in 2018 he was made managing director of the group’s two major Mercedes-Benz trucks and vans dealerships. Today, he is responsible for the operations of S&B Commercials and Orwell Truck and Van, which jointly encompass some eight branches and service outlets stretching across Norfolk, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and into North London.
Prior to joining the group, Will held leading roles in the commercial vehicle asset rental and leasing industry, enjoying over nine successful years with his previous employer in various positions of rising seniority, finishing as Regional General Manager. In total he has over 27 years’ experience in the commercial vehicle industry, responsible for the senior management of activities covering sales, rental, leasing – and all the customer and product support functions associated with the role.
Peter Glover was appointed Managing Director of Imperial Vehicle Solutions in 2015, when the operation was formed as part of a structural change to Imperial Commercials. Today, the operations encompass a major bodying and body conversions operation for trucks and vans; the UK’s largest genuine Tail Lift Parts distribution and support company; and a two-site Commercial Vehicle Parts Factor operation incorporating a parts recycling business.
In almost thirty years’ service with the Group, Peter has held several senior positions. Prior to becoming Managing Director of Imperial Vehicle Solutions, he was Regional Director for the Birmingham Region of Imperial Commercials. This role incorporated overall responsibility for commercial vehicle dealerships at Warwick, Garretts Green and Halesowen, covering two major franchises in DAF and Ford. It also incorporated a full HGV test facility, IVA lane, body-shop and two HGV factor locations at Pershore and Oldbury. Before his position as Regional Director, Peter was responsible for the aftersales business of Imperial Commercials at Stoke, Wrexham and Chester.
In his early career, Peter worked for the family business in entertainment and leisure in the Staffordshire and Cheshire area.
Matt Lawrenson, Managing Director of Imperial Commercials, joined the Group in 2002 as Regional Financial Controller for its DAF Trucks’ dealership businesses in the East Midlands. In 2006, he became Regional Director for the Derby Region, responsible for three sites. He guided the existing business through a sustained period of growth, additionally setting up Imperial Commercials’ first Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ franchise and introducing both Fiat Professional and Isuzu Pick Up brands to the main Derby site. During this time, the business also created Mackworth Vehicle Conversion Specialists; acquiring Mix Vehicle Conversions and merging it with Mackworth Bodyworks to specialise in LCV and HGV body conversions and new builds. In 2015, Matt became Divisional Director of Imperial Commercials for Scotland and the East of England, overseeing 16 locations with seven franchise partners, before being appointed as Managing Director in late 2017.
Prior to joining the Group in 2002, Matt’s career had centred on the commercial vehicle sector, including a four year term with Lex Commercials in the mid 90’s as a Trainee Accountant. Matt qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1997.
David Lewis was appointed managing director of Pentagon Motor Group in 2017, following its acquisition by Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. Prior to this he was an executive director in the former Imperial UK Group, now the Motus Group (UK) Ltd.
David joined the business in 2006, having worked previously with RAC plc. During his time with the company he has worked in both car and commercial vehicle divisions. Most recently, he had a role as a divisional director of Imperial Commercials, where he was responsible for several business expansion and integration projects: ideal preparation for his focus today on maximising the development potential of the Pentagon Motor Group. David’s background also includes time as a regional director of multi-site businesses for Imperial between 2006 and 2014. He has worked with many of the Group’s franchise partners and has wide experience in retail, business-to-business and used vehicle markets.
David has a Diploma in Automotive Retail Management from Cardiff University and a Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Peter Rose is the Chief People Officer for Motus Holdings (UK), having joined the group in July 2018. Prior to this he had a 20 year career in Human Resources, holding a number of varied, senior HR roles.
These included the HR Directorship of an automotive logistics business. Here, he had responsibility for providing a full HR service to employees deployed across a number of global territories, providing a wide range of logistics and supply solutions to an extensive range of clients. He was also HR Director for a global consultancy business, helping ensure consultants were effectively recruited and deployed to a broad range of clients. He also led HR for a division of a global Automotive Manufacturing business.
Peter has particular expertise in building strong employee-focused cultures, especially in areas such as employee transitions (including TUPE transfers), building employee engagement and planning succession and development. He holds a Business degree as well as being a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
Andrew Welch, CFO of Motus Holdings (UK) Limited, joined the operation in 2004 as Finance Director of Imperial Commercials Ltd., before moving to the Group CFO role following its acquisition of the Pentagon Group in 2017.
Since joining the business, Andrew has seen it grow, both organically and through acquisition, from a turnover of under £200m to its current size.
Prior to joining the business, Andrew was responsible for the Financial Planning and Analysis team of Lex Transfleet Limited, a commercial vehicle contract hire, vehicle rental and fleet management business, where he worked for 8 years. In his business life before entering the motor industry, he worked both for a major UK retailer and a leading aggregates business in various accounting roles.
Andrew trained and qualified in accountancy practice with Grant Thornton, until deciding to leave the accounting profession to pursue a career in the wider business sector.