Wilson & Co celebrates 24 years of trading TODAY!
On the 11th of March 1998, Robin Wilson opened the doors to his first Vauxhall dealership on Moorwell Road in Scunthorpe, proudly displaying the Wilson & Co sign for the very first time.
Since establishing Wilson & Co in 1998, the group has grown to represent 4 manufacturers in 10 different locations.
A couple of years after opening the original site at Scunthorpe, the Grimsby Market Area was formed with the addition of the premises on Hewitts Avenue. This was followed in 2004 with the purchase of the Bolton Market Area sites on Manchester Road, Bolton, and Chorley, all 4 representing the well-established Vauxhall brand.
In 2013, Robin identified a future growth success story when Kia Boston became part of the group, then trading as single site Drayton Motors (now a household name in 3 major towns!)
In 2018, the group opened its second Kia dealership in Louth, which thanks to its early success is now in a brand-new purpose-built facility on North Holme Road. Further expansion of the Drayton Motors brand was seen in 2021 with the acquisition of Kia Grantham and as recently as last month, which saw it add a second site in Boston and a new manufacturer partner in Suzuki.
Showing no signs of slowing down, the group has added a fourth manufacturer partner in 2022, welcoming Maxus Commercial Vehicles in Louth.
With the addition of two standalone used car sites trading as Autohub in Gainsborough and Louth, the RJTK Automotive group has this month launched a new, more sophisticated web platform: www.rjtkauto.com, which showcases the growth and success of the group.
Robin Wilson, RJTK Group Managing Director commented:
“Thinking back to the days when we just had the Scunthorpe dealership, I didn’t dare to dream of the group at the size it has become. We have faced many challenges over the years – not least in more recent times with Covid, and the fact that we have continued to grow is down to the hard work and determination of a team of people, who I wholeheartedly thank!”
“Despite the challenges, the last 24 years have also been rewarding and I look forward to what the future holds for the Group – let’s see what more we will have achieved when we celebrate 25 years!”
Happy Birthday Wilson & Co, and here’s to the continued success of the RJTK Group.
DID YOU KNOW… The Wilson & Co name caused Robin most thinking time, when he was urged by Vauxhall to use his own name as the front of the soon to be incorporated company. Knowing that he couldn’t put every employee’s name above the door (although that would have been his preference), Robin came up with ‘the Co’, which to this day represents ALL employees in recognition of their contribution to the group’s success.
The picture shows Robin's children, Tom and Katie (far right) taking on the role of Receptionist in the early days at Scunthorpe.