Carcraft announces management buyout

Time 8:54 am, March 31, 2014

2a768e21-2764-46c1-af00-0b2dab67e273CARCRAFT has announced that Robin Bridge CEO has led a management buyout, purchasing the business for an undisclosed sum.

Bridge has bought the business from former owners the McKee brothers.

Darren McKee said: ‘Noel and I have not been actively involved in the running of Carcraft for the last five years as it had become non-core to the family’s interests and this was constraining its ability to realise its full potential. The last five years also coincided with the demise of the funding industry’s ability to lend to consumers.

‘We are delighted to pass the baton on to Robin Bridge and his team. Robin, who has been with the company for 16 years, has the knowledge and skills needed to progress further. He has been in the driving seat and treated the business as his own and we felt the time was right to allow him and his team to fulfil a management buyout. We are also pleased that consumer lending is rapidly improving and this bodes well for the Carcraft model.’

In 1998, the McKee brothers bought the business from their father, established in 1951 and it has grown from a single-site operation to an 11-site national organisation turning over £3.2bn.

Bridge said: ‘We have a very loyal and hardworking team and availability for consumer credit has almost doubled since its low point in the recession.

‘The McKee brothers have left us with a fantastic legacy and one which my team and I are relishing the opportunity to build on in the coming years’


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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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