- Ford & Slater takes on further DAF franchises in Leeds, Sheffield and Stockton-on-Tees
- Appointment includes acquisition of assets from Evans Halshaw
- Three new locations integrate with Ford & Slater’s existing northern facility in Birtley
- Continuity assured with current employees transferring under TUPE regulations
- Ford & Slater to deliver highly successful business model in the north
Ford & Slater bolsters northern dealer presence with three further DAF Trucks locations
Ford & Slater takes on further DAF franchises in Leeds, Sheffield and Stockton-on-Tees
Ford & Slater, one of DAF Trucks’ largest and most successful UK dealer groups has taken on the franchise to deliver Sales, Service and Parts at locations in Leeds, Sheffield and Stockton-on-Tees.
The appointment by DAF Trucks means Ford & Slater replaces Evans Halshaw as the main DAF Dealer at all three sites. The new locations integrate with the dealer group’s existing northern location in Birtley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Local operators are assured of a commitment to deliver high service levels with the transfer of over 150 existing Sales, Service and Parts employees under TUPE regulations.
Ford & Slater invested over £2.5 million in the first half of 2022 to open its state-of-the-art DAF Service and Parts facility in Birtley. The addition of these three further dealer locations bolsters Ford & Slater’s presence in the North and North-East of England and continues the company’s commitment to a DAF-only brand offering across its 16-UK dealer locations.
With his considerable senior management experience at dealer level across the DAF network, Huw Teasdale is appointed as Ford & Slater Regional Director, bringing with him a wealth of local knowledge and an excellent reputation at customer interface level.
“We are a dedicated DAF Dealer group with growth ambitions and a focus on long-term customer relationships,” said Joint Managing Director Tim Strevens. “We will work hard to deliver benchmark levels of Sales, Service and Parts supply to operators in the North and North-East of England. We will provide DAF operators with a seamless transition of their aftersales requirements and then they can look forward to a very positive brand of Ford & Slater customer support.”
John McMenamin, Director Dealer Development at DAF Trucks added “This is an important area of the country for transport links and, naturally, as a base for many transport operators. Ford & Slater’s move to the region is both strategic and of huge significance for operators continuation of a DAF presence.”