Vospers� The story so far.The Company commenced trading as a motor business in Plymouth during 1946. The present Chairman's father founded the business in 1951. Over the years the Company became franchise holders for AC, Fiat, Volkswagen, Jaguar and Simca and then was appointed a Ford Retail Dealer in 1957.

Peter Vosper joined his father in the business in 1966 and assisted in the development of the Company to the status of sole Ford Main Dealer in Plymouth in 1970. Peter became Managing Director in 1974 and further expansion followed over the next five years.

A major acquisition in 1986 secured Ford representation for Vospers in both Truro and Penzance. The 90's saw further growth of the Company with the acquisition of premises in Redruth/Camborne - Vospers of Pool and, in early 1995, the Ford Main Dealership in Falmouth.

This exceptional period of expansion culminated in the opening of the prestigious new state of the art premises at Marsh Mills in 1995 in Plymouth. The building reflected the Company's intention to ensure customers and staff have equipment and premises fully capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Since 1996 Vospers has also acquired St Austell and Liskeard from Cornish Ford, Chaddlewood Garages in Plympton and opened a Ford authorised repairer in Tavistock. The Company has continued its expansion programme with a brand new Dealership at Treliske in Truro. Developments also included a new Accident Repair Centre, Commercial Vehicle Centre and Parts Distribution at Roche and a new Dealership in St Austell.

Vospers were also asked by Ford to add Mazda to their portfolio and have Dealerships in Plymouth, Truro and Exeter. In 2002, Fiat approached Vospers and there are now Fiat Dealerships in Truro, St Austell, Plymouth and Exeter. Alfa Romeo representation for Devon commenced in 2008 at Exeter. When Abarth required an exclusive network of less than 20 dealers, Vospers were appointed for the South West.

Further acquisitions have added Ford Dealerships at Exmouth, Tiverton, Torbay and Exeter Marsh Barton. In 2009 Vospers acquired the Peugeot Dealer in Plymouth. In 2010 Vospers acquired both the Nissan and Renault franchises in Plymouth.

Today the Vospers Group, with a turnover of about £235 million, consists of 16 separate sites offering vehicle sales and aftercare to its customers throughout Devon and Cornwall.

Vospers continued development reflects its loyalty to both customer and employee satisfaction. The Company is recognised as a leading employer in Devon and Cornwall and has won many prestigious awards for its outstanding commitment to customer care in the world of automotive retailing. The Company also maintains its position as one of the top 50 motor dealers in the UK.

Vospers believe that employee engagement and retention forms a cornerstone of any successful organisation, which is reflected in its dedication to training, personal development, and open two way communication. Both Bob Foster (Group Parts Director) and Mark Haslam (Contact & Communications Director) are examples of this, who joined the company as young men and have worked their way up to the appointment as Directors.

Nick Vosper joined his father in the business in 1996, after completing his studies at university and following extensive training with Ford Credit, Ford and a Ford Dealership in London. Since joining the business Nick has undertaken a number of projects, including his MBA at Exeter University. Nick was appointed as Managing Director in 2011.

Nick has strengthened the team with a number of appointments including Ben Darnell as Used Car Director and Neil Tickner as Service Director. He has also been responsible for enabling Paul Rogers and Mark Haslam to obtain their MBA's though Exeter University.