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Dealer group McLean and Appleton enjoys bumper 2021 as profits soar by 85 per cent

  • Dealer group McLean and Appleton sees profits soar to £16.4m in 2021
  • Impressive return comes as a result of ‘increases in demand and margin of vehicle sales’
  • Turnover also goes through the roof with firm generating £343m in revenue

Time 8:39 am, July 14, 2022

Dealer group McLean and Appleton enjoyed a stellar 2021 with profits soaring by more than 85 per cent to £16.4m, new accounts have shown.

The Wakefield-based outfit experienced enormous growth in the 12 months up to January 31, 2022 with turnover also going through the roof.

Documents published via Companies House show that the firm brought in £343m of revenue in the period covered by the accounts.


That represents a rise of close to 35 per cent when compared to the £255.3m generated in 2020.

Of that turnover, £320.1m came from vehicle sales, up 35.2 per cent from 2020 when the group sold £236.8m-worth of vehicles. That equated to 8,898 units sold in 2021 compared to 7,739 in the previous 12 months.

Elsewhere, aftersales improved by 22.7 per cent, resulting in £22.7m of revenue.

All of those increases contributed significantly to an increased pre-tax profit of £16.4m, compared to £8.85m in 2020.


McLean and Appleton ended the year with a net profit margin of 4.8 per cent and net assets of £46.9m.

The period also saw the effects of Covid-19 lessen, despite national lockdowns at the start of 2021, and as a result the firm claimed £113,000 in grants, including furlough cash, compared to £135,000 in the previous financial year.

Included in the accounts was a statement from director, Gareth Williams.

He said: ‘Vehicle sales have increased £83.3m (35.2 per cent) whilst units sold have increased by 15 per cent. The unit increase is driven by the reduced sales in the prior year driven by Covid, whilst new car supply constraints have increased the average value and margins of both new and used vehicles.

‘Aftersales have increased during the year to £4.2m (22.7 per cent) driven by the recovery from a Covid impacted prior year.

‘Profit before tax has increased by £7.6m (85.3 per cent) which is largely the result of increases in demand and margin of vehicle sales.’

McLean and Appleton is the parent company of the Hatfields brand of dealerships in the UK.

Hatfields has dealerships in Bury, Hull, Liverpool, Pickering, Sheffield, Shrewsbury and Wakefield.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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