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Newbury Volvo retailer Fawcett’s Garage comes under new ownership although it is very much business as usual at The Triangle in Pinchington Lane.

Waylands Automotive, which also operates sister business Volvo Cars Reading, took ownership on Friday 4th May.

Waylands Automotive was set up by former Ridgeway CEO John O’Hanlon and this is the second Volvo retail outlet for the company.

He commented: “We are very excited to have been presented with the opportunity to grow our Volvo brand and to add to our fledgling business in such a short space of time. Fawcett’s Garage has a long standing heritage with the brand and has an enviable reputation in the town which we will continue to build on with the team who all remain at the business.

“For us, this acquisition enables us to develop the Volvo name even further throughout the Berkshire region and we are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new.”

Fawcett’s Garage has held the Volvo franchise for 50 years making it the brand’s oldest retailer in its UK-wide network.

Added John: “It is a real honour to be representing the network’s oldest Volvo partner and we are dedicated to continuing the good work the team has achieved in Newbury over the years.”

Commenting on the sale, former owners Roger and Ann Sampson and managing director Mark Jones, who will continue with the business, and his wife and Fawcetts Accountant Susan Jones are very happy to see the baton of running the longest-serving Volvo retailer in England, being entrusted to a highly respected and professional organisation.

Roger said: “Whilst I’m naturally going to miss the involvement with Fawcett’s, I shall continue to watch with interest, and wish the staff and customers alike all good fortune in the future. I’m very confident that Fawcett’s will be well placed to thrive and prosper as part of the Waylands Group of companies.”

Commented Mark: “I’m really excited by the prospect of working alongside John, with Fawcett’s now anchored into an ambitious and expanding motor group with exciting prospects for the future. Going forward there will be some great opportunities for our staff, whilst continuing with the same familiar faces looking after the needs of our loyal customers”.

Volvo Cars Newbury can be found at The Triangle, Pinchington Lane, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7HT.