HBC is pleased to announce significant expansion of our operations with the acquisition of sites in Newbury and Stafford as we move to increase the volume of vehicles we source from insurance companies.
The 14-acre Newbury site, on the former Greenham Common air base, will be used to process and store vehicles from the south west.
The site, which has planning permission to store more than 4,300 cars, will also be used as a major processing and storage centre for our sister company ADESA Remarketing.
The expansion increases our locations to 13 operational sites with facilities across the UK. We are also planning to add a further site in the north of England very soon.
The Stafford location is based on the former RAF Hixon airfield and will be used to provide additional processing, storage and support for our site in Nottingham.
“As part of our 2020 strategy we have set some ambitious targets to significantly grow our volumes from insurance companies and opening these new sites is part of the first phase,” said HBC director Steve Hankins.
“These openings improve our geographical spread and capacity as we continue to grow the business and deliver the best products and services to our customers.”
The acquisition of sites also expects to reduce vehicle logistics with Newbury replacing Canvey Island in Essex as the hub for the west country.
“The addition of Newbury will save at least 2.5 hours per truck, per driver, per day. That’s a huge saving for us and enables us to invest in other areas.
“Newbury is particularly important for us as it represents the first opportunity for HBC to work with ADESA to assist in their online remarketing operations. We’ll share the capacity which will eventually mean they’ll have space to process and store around 2,000 cars.
“Meanwhile, our Nottingham site was running at full capacity so Stafford will provide additional support across the Midlands. The site is up and running and we’re already posting and selling cars and vans from our website,” he said.