Steer Automotive Group has expanded its footprint with the acquisition of AW Accident Repair Centre.
It follows the procurement of the 11-site Artis Accident Repair Centres business, in April, as the business continues the latest phase of its expansion plan – in and around London.
The move comes just months after Steer laid claim to the title of “UK’s fastest growing accident repair group” after completing the acquisition of Tyne Tees Vehicle Repair Group (TTVRG).
The combined operation of the Steer Group has increased to 55 sites with 1,000 staff and the capability to repair 85,000 vehicles per annum.
Richard Steer, chief executive of Steet Automotive Group, said: “Our strategic focus remains on successfully operated and established regional businesses which grow our reach and further increases our repair capacity.
“AW Repair Group has invested heavily across its whole estate, achieving key manufacturer approvals and insurance company relationships. They have also made significant investments in their people with a clear focus on bringing forward a new generation of talent through their Training and Apprentice Academy.”
AW Accident Repair Centre was founded in 1998, by Andrew Walsh, and grew to 12 sites, across the East Midlands, with more than 200 colleagues.
The business is recognised for pioneering sustainability throughout the repair process and achieved the PAS2060 Carbon Neutral Standard across all their locations. AW was also an early adopter of the EV repair capacity with every one of its colleagues receiving EV Ready training.
Walsh added: “The time is right for a combined force to drive the industry forward in the next stage of vehicle repair and technology.”
He will continue to push forward a commitment to key sustainability and ESG programmes within a consultancy role.
AW Repair Group’s team continue the management of the business within the Steer Group.