Greenhous Group’s experience of the franchised dealer world is unrivalled. Founded in 1912 by Vincent Greenhous, the company has been working with some of the world’s leading manufacturers, fleets and retailers for over a century. The Groups network of car and commercial dealerships stretches across Shropshire and the West Midlands and following the recent takeover of W A Lewis in the summer, now includes an extensive number of different franchises. These include Vauxhall, VW Commercials, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo, Renault, MG, Dacia, and DAF Trucks, in addition to the vehicle remarketing and refurbishment centres.
Starting with humble beginnings back in 1912, Greenhous opened as a small bicycle repair shop in Bishops Castle while offering a bus service to Shrewsbury, Newtown and Hadley. Fast forward 100 years and the Shropshire and West Midlands based Motor Group is consistently ranked in the Motor Trader and Automotive Management Top 20 Dealer rankings.
Keith Sayfritz, chairman of the Group, said “It is incredibly important that young, start up businesses are recognised and given the right support. Greenhous is the perfect example of how a company can grow from a small venture into an established organisation with the help of funding and a lot of hard work and determination.
“Success will not happen overnight and it has taken us many years to get to where we are today. Everyone has to start somewhere and without fresh, vibrant businesses bursting onto the scene and offering something new and exciting, the economy and community would suffer greatly.
“Young businesses are vital to the economy, not only to develop into the success stories of the future, but also by providing employment and additional work for other companies in the area as they continue to grow.”
Keith continued “Generating jobs is crucial to strengthening the community and improving the standard of living for people in the area. This along with building partnerships with other companies means that the reputation of a young business can flourish and grow to a nationwide level.
“We are looking for a young business with dynamic leadership and a committed team of staff that have the potential to become a success in their particular industry. While they need to take calculated risks and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair, they must also take the community into consideration. Giving something back and supporting the local community is incredibly important to Greenhous and we want to see the same ethos from the young businesses of today.”
With the recent acquisition of W A Lewis taking place only a few months ago, Greenhous has gone from strength to strength in the motor industry. The takeover marks an exciting new chapter for the company, who last year celebrated their centenary year in the industry.
Keith said “We are delighted to be working with more extremely credible manufacturers, adding to our already established portfolio of brands and are looking forward to continuing our expansion in the automotive industry.
“We were keen to get involved in this category as growing a small business is obviously close to home. Since the launch in 1912, Greenhous has changed dramatically and we will make every effort to continue our growth in the industry.”
Keith concluded “Although Greenhous is no longer a family run business, we have made sure that we are still firmly rooted in the values that the company established all those years ago - treat our customers and staff well, deliver a first-class product and make sure we build long-lasting and fruitful partnerships.”
“We believe this is how we got to where we are today and supporting the ‘young business’ category gives us the chance to get involved with the exciting new entrepreneurs of the future and encourage them as much as we can.”