The deal was concluded earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and is Leo Group’s first venture into the commercial vehicle sector, although the Halifax-based company itself operates a 100-strong fleet of Mercedes-Benz trucks.
Bell’s new managing director and now co-owner Ben Sowersby (pictured) has a 17-year career with the Mercedes brand and says the new ownership will enable Bell to invest in new and improved facilities.
A top priority will be the development of a van sales and service centre on the dealer’s site in Stockton-on-Tees, where staff have been working from temporary facilities. When completed, this will relieve pressure on the workshop in nearby Billingham, which can then be used solely for trucks.
Bell is also considering several potential locations in and around Washington, where it intends to open a new, purpose-built truck centre as soon as possible.
“The excellent reputation that Bell Truck and Van enjoys here in the North East, and indeed beyond, owes much to the enthusiastic and dedicated company team I am now privileged to be leading,” says Sowersby, adding that the deal represents a “tremendous opportunity” for him and for the Leo Group.