A cosmetic vehicle repairer which has its base in Burley is set to expand throughout the UK following a record-breaking year.
Smart Repairs, which has recently bought a 18,000 sq ft freehold premises in Weaver Street, is looking to hire 100 new technicians across the country this year.
This is a result of a stellar 2021, which saw turnover rise to £5m from £3m in 2020, despite the challenges of Covid. This year turnover is forecast to soar to £7m, with net profit set to exceed £1m.
Smart Repairs is co-owned by its founder Dan Besau and major investor Phil Newstead. The company carries out 180,000 vehicle repairs a year.
Phil Newstead said:
“These are tremendously exciting times for the company. The move to our superb new Falcon House premises in Weaver Street, close to Leeds city centre, has given us much more space and has put us in charge of our destiny.
“Clearly the global pandemic had its challenges last year, but one of its consequences was a boom in the second-hand car market, which naturally led to a great deal more work for us. We managed to stay open and working most of the time, despite the difficulties of the various lockdowns.
“We are now expanding across the UK this year, with a special focus on the M25, Essex, the North West, the North East and Scotland. We are now hiring experienced mobile technicians to help with this expansion drive, which will see full UK coverage by the end of the year.
“At the moment, our sector is very fragmented and dominated by small independent operators. We believe that by strategic expansion and acquisition, we can build a national network that can then service customers with a national requirement.”
Dan Besau added:
“It has given me tremendous pleasure to see how the company I founded in 1995 has developed. We have gone from strength to strength in recent years.
“With Phil now on board, the sky is the limit. The future is incredibly bright. Let’s bring it on.”