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Farmer will pass on control to new team

Sir Tom Farmer is planning to hand over control of his Farmer Autocare fast-fit business to a senior management team as the network continues to add outlets.

The Kwik-Fit founder, who last month acquired a stake in the ScootElectric eco-friendly scooter business, says he is “not looking for a new career”, although he will keep a close watch as the network develops.

Farmer Autocare currently has 10 outlets in Scotland with three more due to open this month. By the end of the year a further seven businesses will be up and running, all spread across the central belt (Glasgow to Edinburgh).

“We are backing people who want to start their own business by providing them with financial support for premises and equipment, and administration support for finance and accounts,” says Farmer.

“That frees them up to concentrate completely on making the business a success.”

Farmer Autocare will also act as official distributor for ScootElectric in Scotland. Each outlet will have an opportunity to sell the scooters, although Farmer is also looking to finance up to three standalone sites.

“The business is getting to the stage where we have a team of people managing it,” he adds. “They will be making the decisions over which people to back and when.”

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