Published: 11/02/2015 08:58 - Updated: 11/02/2015 09:12

Arnold Clark agrees deal to takeover Ness Motors

Written byBy Olivia Bell

Ness Motors - taken over by Arnold Clark this week
Ness Motors - taken over by Arnold Clark this week

Arnold Clark, Europe’s largest independent car dealer, has announced it has taken over Ness Motors.

The company will now bring the Inverness based company's 104 employees under its wing.

Arnold Clark will also takeover Ness Motor's Elgin and Perth garages and all branches will be Renault, Dacia or Citroen franchises. 

"We are delighted to welcome Ness Motors to the Arnold Clark family," said Eddie Hawthorne, Arnold Clark's managing director.

"As a company, we share many of the same values as Ness Motors and look forward to continuing to offer great value and excellent service to customers."

Sir Arnold Clark established his company in 1954 and now employs over 9000 staff nationwide, with branches in Scotland and England.

Ness Motors was founded in 1960 and was purchased by company accountant Scott Lauder in the early 1980s from retiring owner and chairman Bill Gilbert. The business expanded through the years by acquiring a number of franchises for the North of Scotland, including Renault. 

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