United in top 25

UNITED Co-operatives&#039 decision last year to pay out a multi-million pound sum to acquire 15 car dealerships from Ilkeston Co-op instantly doubled the size of society&#039s Sunwin Motor...

UNITED Co-operatives&#039 decision last year to pay out a multi-million pound sum to acquire 15 car dealerships from Ilkeston Co-op instantly doubled the size of society&#039s Sunwin Motor Group portfolio and put United into the top 25 UK car sales businesses.
Sunwin Motor Group currently operates 28 outlets; has 1,000 employees and last year achieved a turnover of &#163 259 million – up 76 per cent from the 2003 figure.
However United, who are currently pursuing due diligence procedures in relation to a possible bid for supermarket chain Somerfield, have so far expressed no interest in acquiring the Co-operative Group&#039s Priory business.
While United run the biggest car sales operation in the Movement, other societies including Ipswich & Norwich and Lincolnshire maintain a stake in the sector.
Meanwhile United has announced that customers who bought a new or nearly new Rover car from Sunwin&#039s Farnell MG Rover dealership at Guiseley, West Yorkshire, will have their warranties honoured despite the collapse of the manufacturers.
Affected motorists should contact 01943 873263 for full details.

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