The Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealer franchise S & B Commercials has recently been acquired by a partnership venture between Imperial Holdings SA and Orwell Truck & Van Ltd The S & B Commercial dealer network includes dealerships in North London, Hertfordshire and Essex, which have now been incorporated into one of the largest and most extensive independent commercial vehicle dealership networks in the UK – Imperial Commercials. Imperial Commercials is owned and operated by South African parent company Imperial Holdings Ltd while Orwell Truck & Van Ltd are a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealer based in East Anglia.
S & B Commercials is a family-owned and operated business employing around 275 people throughout its dealer network. The current Managing Director, Dan Holmes, will remain in charge of the four dealers as before.
Holmes commented on their new parent company, “Imperial Holdings and S & B Commercials is a great fit, Imperial’s existing UK businesses, Imperial Commercials and Orwell Truck & Van have a good record of investing in the commercial vehicle sector and will bring this expertise to our Group.”
Holmes confirmed that under new ownership S & B Commercials would continue to operate under the same name and the “same dedicated approach to meeting the needs of our many loyal customers.” Holmes is very optimistic about the venture, “looking to the future with real confidence”.
Director of Imperial Holdings UK Ian Oakes was also very optimistic about the venture and the future of the partnership. Oakes praised the established Mercedes commercial vehicle dealer and their dedication to their customer base, describing the business that had been “carefully and lovingly built by the Holmes family into a business with a strong regional reputation”.
Oakes also commented on the compatibility of the businesses involved: “It is a great fit with the existing IMPERIAL UK portfolio. IMPERIAL has a strong global partnership with Mercedes-Benz and is delighted to be able to extend this further in the UK through this acquisition.” Oakes anticipates the growth and expansion of the S & B Commercial PLC business through the sharing of expertise and best practices from Imperial Commercials as well as taking advantage of opportunities for synergies between the businesses.
This move has the full support of the commercial vehicles division of Mercedes-Benz themselves. The Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Steve Bridge commented: “This is a strong statement by our Commercial Vehicle Dealer network that the ever-changing requirements and expectations of customers are being welcomed and responded to. I look forward to seeing S & B Commercials continuing to develop over the coming years”.