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Sandicliffe was formed on Nottingham Road, Stapleford in 1948 and since then the company has become one of the East Midlands’ most trusted and recognised brands. The company has now grown to 11 locations across the East Midlands including Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray. From these locations we represent New Ford, Mazda, Kia and Nissan, as well as Used Car and Van sales, Servicing and repairs, MOT, Parts Bodyshop services and Fleet. Still run and managed today as a family business, Sandicliffe has achieved countless awards including Best Customer Care, Best Customer Offers, Best Marketing and Most Environmentally Aware.
The company name literally came from the 'sandy cliff' that still stands behind the Stapleford garage.
Initially, the work was not very lucrative, due to there only being around one million vehicles on the roads of Britain at the time. In addition to this, petrol was relatively inexpensive and the profit margin was low.
However, the pair worked hard to grow the business. The working day started at 7am and finished at 11 pm when Richard would finish manning the petrol pumps and retire to the workshop to mend punctures until the early hours of the morning.
Two months after the business started a young man, Alan Richards, was taken on as an apprentice and became Sandicliffe's first employee.
Although Richard Woodhouse and Henry Barton were repairing and servicing every type of vehicle on the road at that point in time, they decided to ‘go Ford’. Due to the reasonable prices, the pair believed that low-cost mass-produced cars were likely to sell in greater volume.
In the first year of trading the company made a net profit of just £125, which encouraged the decision to branch out into used car sales. This effectively doubled the number of car sales because customers who bought new cars often traded in vehicles which could then be sold second hand.
The letter certainly made a positive impact as the pair were summoned to the Chief Executive's office to explain their impertinence. "I just wanted to see the two young boys who tell me I do not know how to run my job" he told them. Richard and Henry successfully explained their reasons for writing and were subsequently told that they would become Ford main dealers from August 1954.
A truck depot was also formed at Stapleford which meant demolishing Richard Woodhouse’s former home.
Sub dealerships were in turn granted by Sandicliffe to garages in Codnor, Langley Mill and Eastwood.
The expansion coincided with the launch of the Ford Cortina which would go on to become Britain's best-selling car in the 1970s.
In the same year Sandicliffe's commercial sales were given a boost by the launch of the Ford Transit which has become the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Europe.
This model was hugely popular with drivers until its withdrawal in Europe in 2000 and is the second biggest selling car of all time in the UK.
Sandicliffe won the Ford Truck Service Club national winner's prize in 1973 and retained the award the following year.
The Royal Warrant was granted by Her Majesty the Queen for the supply and maintenance of a number of horse-boxes and other commercial vehicles and the Warrant remains in place to this day.
As a result of this, the business began to run its first site in Lincolnshire.
Sandicliffe's number of employees rose to over 400 for the first time and the business' turnover increased by a third to £16 million.
The company's employee numbers rose to 510 the following year when Sandicliffe acquired their first site in Birmingham.
Over the course of the 1980s the company's turnover increased by 270% and the number of employees rose by over a third.
The Leicester acquisition took Sandicliffe's number of employees to over 700 for the very first time. The company also opened a new dealership in Market Harborough in June 1997.
The Focus has since gone on to be a hugely popular model and has become the 8th best-selling car of all time in the UK.
Continuing to offer a reputable service, Sandicliffe won the prestigious Ford Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Customer Service.
The company expanded by taking over both the Ford and Suzuki franchises in Hucknall, Nottingham to create a new area of business activity in North Nottinghamshire. Sandicliffe also opened a Kia centre in Leicester in May 2005 and added Mazda, Fiat and Kia to the franchise with the opening of the dealership in Basford.
Expansion continues with the addition of a Ford site at Trent Bridge and a Kia showroom in the exsisting Melton Mowbray dealership.
Sandicliffe win another prize, retaining the coveted Marketing Programme trophy at the annual Automotive Management awards.
Mazda dealerships open in Loughborough and Leicester while the company said goodbye to the Market Harborough centre in August.
This allows the company to increase their number of employees to 611.
The state-of-the-art centre spans over four floors and is one of Europe's leading Nissan centres. This expansion helped the company increase its turnover to over £250 million.
Sandicliffe also opened Mazda Nottingham, which now marks the 3rd Sandicliffe dealership on Abbeyfield road, including both the FordStore and Nissan dealership.
The company was also named in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 companies in the UK.
Long standing Managing Director Richard Hobbs hands over the torch to new MD Paul Woodhouse and wishes him the best of luck with the future of Sandicliffe.
The new year brought new changes to Sandicliffe, selling both our ŠKODA Nottingham and ŠKODA Leicester Dealerships, allowing us to focus more on our 4 main franchises, Ford, Nissan, Mazda and Kia.
Our benefits are a few of the many reasons why thousands of customers keep coming back to Sandicliffe.
The only dealership in the UK with a Royal Warrant Approval issued by Queen Elizabeth II.
Our standards are good enough for royalty, you will get the same treatment.
1 Year Roadside Assistance.
No matter how confident we are in the quality of our vehicles, you
can never prepare for things like a flat tyre. To minimise that worry, each and every one of our vehicles comes
with 1 year roadside assistance (registration required, more information here).
Experienced and knowledgeable sale team.
We've been in business since 1948, so we're knowledgeable when it comes to helping you find the van you are looking for.
A wide range of stock.
Not sure what you're looking for? Looking for a specific vehicle? We can help you find it!
Friendly support after you buy from Sandicliffe.
Communication doesn’t stop after you buy from us, we’ll check in on you to make sure you’re happy and enjoying your vehicle.
Prices of all vehicles are checked daily.
Checking prices of all the vehicles on the market can be time consuming, it takes the fun out of buying. Sandicliffe have saved you the job, we check our prices daily and adjust to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Get discounted parts and accessories for your vehicle.
Receive exclusive discount on genuine parts and accessories to kit your vehicle out after buying from Sandicliffe. Maybe you’d like a boot cover for your pet or a cycle carrier for your weekend activities.
Hassle-free Trade Ins.
Selling your car takes a lot of time and effort. Sandicliffe remove
all the unwanted hassle and promise to pay you a fair price for your old car
Best Deal Guarantee.
Rest assured that any like for like deal cannot and will not be beaten by any other dealership.
Discounted bodyshop or accident repair centre work with every car.
Our Sandicliffe manufacturer approved bodyshop and ARC technicians are on hand for you at a discounted rate.
Warranty Available with Every Car.
We're so confident in the quality of our used vehicle preparation
that we offer a warranty with every car sold. Should any issues arise, Sandicliffe are on-hand to help. You can extend your warranty with a Car Care plan.
In the event of a write-off, your comprehensive motor insurance value will normally only pay an amount below your car's actual market or insurance value (and even less if you have financed the vehicle). GAP Insurance pays the difference between your settlement and any oustanding finance balance (or original purchase price paid for your vehicle, whichever is greater).
Cosmetic, Alloys and Tyre Insurance.
Our Cosmetic, Alloys and Tyre insurance is Defaqto 5 Star rated and is here to help keep your car protected from the headache that minor dents, scratches, scrapes and alloy wheel scuffs cause, without affecting your motor insurance premium.
We offer manufacturer approved warranties for vehicles brand new to 15 years old (up to 150,000 miles).
Our protection pack will help to keep your new vehicle looking newer for longer. Our two stage protective coating is applied to the exterior of your vehicle to prevent UV fading, damage from bird dropping and environmental factors, as well as an interior coating to repel liquid spillages. This has the benefit on keeping your car clean so it's easier to sell (for a higher resale price, too!).
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At Sandicliffe, we believe in Treating Customers Fairly. Sandicliffe is a trading name of
Sandicliffe Ltd. Registered in England and Wales No with company registration number 03193805.
Registered office: 154 Welford Road, Leicester LE2 6BW. To improve our quality, calls may be
recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Sandicliffe Limited is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised
and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s
permissions as a Principal Firm allows Sandicliffe Limited to act as a credit broker, not as a
lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on
behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.
‘Used Car Disclaimer’
Some of our vehicles have been sourced from Manufacturer buy back schemes or selected Fleets. As a
result whilst we can confirm the number of registered keepers we cannot confirm how many drivers a
vehicle has had. We can confirm that the vehicle has passed a comprehensive 75 point check carried
out by a manufacturer approved technician and has a full HPI Provenance check meaning we can
guarantee its lifetime history.
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