Arbury sprung from the Cathedral Motor Company Ltd, first formed in 2000. by members from Evans Halshaw. Our first dealership was Arbury Service Station in Bulkington – the first time we used our current name. We grew quickly, adding a second Peugeot franchise in Lichfield, which included the Group’s Accident Repair Centre.
By 2004 Arbury was ready to expand again, and after years of searching for the perfect company, we added a third Peugeot franchise with the purchase of Dennis Cooper Cars. By December, we added our first Citroën dealer, located in Leamington.
In 2007 we purchased another site: Goodfellows, a 2.5-acre dealership representing Peugeot and Citroën in Walsall.
Later that year we also became Citroën Approved Repairers at our successful Birmingham Road location in Lichfield.
2008 saw Arbury grow with an acquisition in Sydenham, adding representation in the area for both Citroën and Suzuki, the addition of the Fiat brand in a new showroom at Aldridge Walsall, and the addition of the Škoda brand to our Leamington Spa location.
2010 saw the acquisition of the Bromsgrove site, when Arbury began to cater both new and existing Peugeot and Nissan customers in Bromsgrove and surrounding areas such as Redditch, Droitwich Spa, Worcester and Kidderminster.
2013 saw the introduction of the Nissan brand to Leamington Spa, along with the re-launch of our SKODA site at an expansive, standalone location.
Arbury has been recognised by Peugeot as their top dealer group in the UK. Our locations took five of the top positions in Peugeot’s ‘Guild of Gold Lion’ award ranking, including the highly coveted first place. We were also commended as the ‘Best Retailer Group’ at the AM awards 2014, an event hosted by Automotive Management Magazine.
In 2015 Arbury.co.uk was shortlisted for the Motortrader dealer website of the year award. As a group we raised over £2,000 for Children in Need. Nissan Bromsgrove won a Retailer Of The Year award.
In 2016, We communicated with 90% of our customers electronically and carried out 75% of our sales activities via our website as part of our commitment to becoming more environmentally friendly in all areas of our business. We also welcomed a new brand and location to the Arbury family; SEAT in Solihull.
2017 was a busy year for Arbury, with the launch of a new main website, plus a whole host of dedicated sites for each of our brands in order to enhance the user journey and to provide our customers with a seamless buying experience. All brand websites can be accessed from our main page: www.arbury.co.uk
2018 has already seen a number of exciting developments, including the introduction of Abarth to our extensive brand portfolio, plus a regional award for our Citroën Nuneaton dealership recognising their work with the Motability Car Scheme. It’s a very exciting time for Arbury at the moment - watch this space!