Posted on Wednesday 22 August 2018 by John Mulgrew

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Donnelly Group has been in the motor sales business for more than 70 years, and in that time has grown considerably into one of the biggest in the trade.

The firm first set up shop on the border of Co Tyrone and Co Armagh in 1947, when when Peter Donnelly started a vehicle repair and taxi business in Caledon.

Since then, it’s grown turnover to £330m, and sells around 15,000 vehicles every year.

Dave Sheeran, managing director at Donnelly Group, told Ulster Business: “A major strength of the business is our locations province wide and the convenience this presents for customers.

“Trust, respect and relationships are our core values and the ethos of ‘keeping the customer central to everything we do’ has remained unchanged since the company’s inception in 1947.”

The group has eight locations across Northern Ireland, and sells 19 different car brands.

That includes Toyota, Fiat, Honda, Renault, Seat, Vauxhall and Jaguar Land Rover.

Last year, it revealed it’s building a new £6m Jaguar Land Rover showroom next to the firm’s flagship site in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Donnelly Group has been selling Land Rover vehicles since 1981.

The company now employs close to 700 staff, and posted
pre-tax profits of £1.9m, according to its latest publish set of accounts.

“In 2017, as well as celebrating our 70th anniversary, Donnelly Group acquired a third Vauxhall franchise in Campsie, and a third Suzuki franchise on Belfast’s Boucher Road,” Dave Sheeran said.

“These strong relationships with our manufacturing partners have played a key role in our recent acquisitions, and will be key as we look to further expansion.

“Later this year we will be opening a new £6m Land Rover Jaguar showroom. Not only does this add Jaguar to our impressive portfolio of manufacturing partners but it will also be the first and only premium brand outlet anywhere in mid-Ulster.

“Our success is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our skilled employees. They are the front face of the business and the reason our customers want to return time and time again.”

“Our employees at all levels of the business understand our ethos and live our values in their everyday work.”


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