Baldwins Repair Group’s owner sells business to single-investor

Baldwins Repair Group’s owner sells business to single-investor Steve Warner, owner of Baldwins Repair Group, has announced today that he has sold the business to single-investor, Richard Steer.

Richard brings a wealth of experience, industry knowledge and expertise with him having previously grown and developed successful businesses prior to this purchase. He will join the award-winning accident repairer as owner and Manging Director on 1 August.

Peter Randhawa will continue his role of Group General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group and oversee operations at all repair centres in Aylesbury, Corby, Leicester and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as the build of the new London site.

During his ownership, Steve developed the business alongside Peter Randhawa. The sites have grown from one to five, manufacturer, insurer and network approvals have increased plus the business has become more involved in key initiatives high on the industry’s agenda, such as apprenticeships and electric vehicles.

Steve Warner said: ‘Following 15 very positive years at Baldwins, I have decided that it is time for me to take a step back and focus on other projects and new challenges. I can see the company’s future going from strength to strength with Richard – he has a great deal of experience and I believe he is the right man for the job. I want to thank the team for all their hard work over the years and I wish them every success for the future.’

Richard Steer said: ‘I am extremely excited about this opportunity. I come in with no pre-conceived ideas as I have worked with Baldwins for many years and I know it is a well organised and successful business. ‘My initial job is to visit the sites, meet the team and see how we, as a Group, can develop the business over time. I look forward to working with the already established team and building on the success of Baldwins Repair Group.

Peter Randhawa said: ‘I am very proud of what has been achieved for Baldwins so far under Steve’s ownership, but there is still much more to come. The future is very exciting for the business and we can only see positives in having Richard on board. During this change of ownership, it is still business as usual at all of our sites.’

If any networks or suppliers have any queries, please contact Peter Randhawa directly.

Business as usual at Baldwins of Leicester

We are pleased to announce that Baldwins of Leicester is now fully operational, following the fire in a neighbouring industrial unit on Friday 13th April.

Our repair centre did sustain damage to an adjoining wall and some roof panels. The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service did an exceptional job and were able to control the fire on our building – we were very lucky.

Baldwins of Leicester is our fast-track site. As the turnaround of vehicles on site is quick, we only have a handful with us at any one time.

Customers vehicles were not damaged during this incident. All vehicles at our Leicester bodyshop were moved to other Baldwins repair centres.

Thank you to all our customers for being so understanding during this time.

If you have any queries, please contact our Leicester Repair centre directly on 0116 2627930.


<Archived – Tues 17 April> Fire in Brougham Street, Leicester near to Baldwins of Leicester

As you may be aware, on Friday 13 April 2018 there was a major fire in an industrial unit, which adjoins our Leicester Repair centre.

Our Repair centre did incur minimal damage and operation has ceased, for the time being.

Our customers have been contacted directly and all vehicles have been transferred to our Coventry and Birmingham repair centres.

Customer vehicles were not compromised during this incident.

We will provide a further update in 48 hours from now (Tuesday 17 April).

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact our Leicester Repair centre on 0116 2627930.

We appear in the April edition of Bodyshop Magazine!

We’re excited to appear in two articles in this month’s edition of Bodyshop Magazine.

Read what our Group General Manager, Peter Randhawa has to say on consumables on pages 44-45. And see what Tony Turvey, our Group Image Assessment Manager, thinks about the future of the Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) on pages 46-47.

Follow the link to Bodyshop Magazine to read more…

Baldwins Repair Group is the first UK vehicle repairer working with Bluecity, London’s 100% EV car sharing scheme

Baldwins Repair Group is delighted to be the first UK accident repairer to work in partnership with Bluecity, the point-to-point electric car sharing scheme.

This unique scheme is being gradually rolled-out across London and is the capital’s first point-to-point car sharing scheme powered exclusively with green energy.

The Buckinghamshire based vehicle repairer, which operates out of four UK sites; started working with Bluecity in February 2018 and is proud to be accredited with the prestigious BSI BS10125 Kitemark for Vehicle Damage Repair – the highest endorsement available in the industry.

Baldwins Repair Group is responsible for managing the fleet of red, Lithium Metal Polymer battery-powered city-cars during electrical breakdown and accident repair. It also carries out pre-delivery inspections and post-repair inspections; plus, commissions and decommissions vehicles.

The vehicle repairer is fully equipped to repair all types of electric vehicles, including charge points at the Aylesbury repair centre; and a dedicated, highly skilled and fully electric vehicle (EV) trained team.

Peter Randhawa, General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group, said: “As EV advocates, we are delighted to be part of this scheme. This partnership has been almost two years in the making, but I am overjoyed with the result.

“To be chosen as the first UK accident repairer involved in a project of this scale, shows that we are a forward-thinking organisation and engaged with a rapidly growing market. We look forward to working with Bluecity and seeing where this exciting electric future takes us.”

Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of Bluecity, said: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Baldwins Repair Group. Together we will offer our members the guarantee that all cars are repaired and maintained to the highest standards. Bluecity is the London’s first 100% EV point-to-point car-sharing scheme and we pride ourselves with the quality of our service from start to finish.”