Blackpool car repair firm opens new £3m premises

A family-run accident repair centre in Blackpool has set the wheels in motion to become Lancashire’s number one car repairer, following a £3m investment in their brand new bodyshop.

Fylde Coast Accident Repair Centre (ARC) has relocated to a new 18,000 square foot workshop on a site covering 2.3 acres at the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone, creating five new jobs to date.

With a turnover of £3.5m its workshop currently repairs over 2,400 vehicles per year, working alongside major insurance companies.

The firm was advised on its expansion by MHA Moore and Smalley. The team, led by David Bennett and Judith Dugdale, provided advice on fundraising and tax for the acquisition and development of the site.

Fylde Coast ARC is run by owners David and Linda Hyland, together with their son Dane. Between them they have over 35 years of experience, specialising in the repair of car and light commercial vehicles.

David, managing director, said: “I started the company in 1982 with just one apprentice and by building a loyal customer base, we’ve been growing the business ever since. Once we realised we had outgrown our old premises, we decided to take the brave decision to build a new state-of-the-art facility.

“Since opening our doors it’s really taken off. With an eye on the future, we have invested heavily in the latest vehicle technology including charging points for the new generation of electric vehicle repairs, as well as training on electric vehicles for our technicians. The feedback from our customers has been very encouraging.”

David added: “We’ve already secured a new contract with a major leading insurance company and we’re attracting skilled technicians who are keen to work in our brand new facility. Our ambition is to be one of the best accident repair firms in Lancashire.”

Judith Dugdale, corporate services director at MHA Moore and Smalley, added: “Fylde Coast ARC is a great example of a successful family-run business planning for the future. We’ve worked with David and Linda for over 15 years and it’s great to see their son Dane join the team.

“Building new premises is a big step but we provided expert advice to ensure they maximised tax savings available on the new-build, money they can reinvest in growing the business. I am delighted to assist them with the next stage of their business growth and continue their success story.”

Founded in 1982, Fylde Coast ARC employs 36 staff and is an approved repairer for Audi, Citroen, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall and VW.

Michael Lowe

Professional: Michael has been working and practising in Southport for the past 40 years.

Personal: Away from work Michael is a keen supporter of Liverpool FC and enjoy a variety of sports, fine food and wine.