AM has learned that Mr Clutch has bought an, as yet, unidentified company which will enable the autocentre business to branch out into smart repairs, windscreen repairs and valet.
This is expected to become part of the extended service offered at the supercentres which also includes vehicle servicing, MoTs, batteries and exhausts.
Eight to 10 more supercentres are expected to be opened by the end of 2008.
Joseph Yussuf, managing director of Mr Clutch, is recruiting managers from outside the automotive industry: “We are looking for someone with the right fit. We give extensive training and the opportunity to learn and understand the dynamics of the business. Most importantly, they have enthusiasm and desire.”
The Durham supercentre has created eight new jobs and is being run by former Derek Hall, who previously had car rental franchises.
The company is focusing on expansion in north England, and Yussuf notes that there are different attitudes in the north.
“Good franchisees know the local people which is key as there is a stronger sense of community in these areas.”
Mr Clutch supercentres were launched last year and pilots saw profitability increase by an average of 30%. The original franchise model offers specialist clutch, brake and gearbox and replacement services, while supercentres also offer MoTs, vehicle servicing, batteries and exhausts.
Nationwide, the company employs more than 300 people.