Acumen Automotive Logistics has acquired J&A Transporters – a Somerset-based business specialising in used vehicle movements for auction houses, direct contracts with dealerships for new cars and vehicle swaps, plus fleet movements for rental operators.
The deal adds 15 car transporters and a facility in Bridgwater to Acumen’s portfolio, increasing the fleet to more than 200 vehicles.
Acumen sees additional opportunity to develop the J&A Transporters operation by building on the strong foundations put in place by the founders, and by using its larger infrastructure base to benefit customers.
Chris Doughty, managing director of parent company Acumen Logistics Group, said: “Our strategy is growth, both organically through winning new contracts and by acquiring businesses which have a similar ethos to us. As a privately-owned company we can move fast on acquisitions, providing they complement our existing business and we believe we can create value.”
Andrew Flynn, who established J&A Transporters with his wife Jan in 2002, remains as general manager and retains a 10 per cent shareholding. The company’s 15 drivers and four administrative staff have transferred under TUPE with an extra recruit joining the office team.