Previously owned by the Hidsons family for 65 years, Hidsons became part of the independently owned JCB Group in January 2018, the largest dealership group in the Medway towns. JCB Group sees the acquisition of Hidsons as a perfect fit, both culturally and geographically and as an opportunity to further enhance their position as a driving force within the car industry. The acquisition will add a further six dealerships to the group and takes the number of franchise partners to nine. The acquired locations in Northfleet and Rainham compliments the prime locations already held in Ashford, Gillingham, Sittingbourne, Crawley, Worthing, Brighton and Eastbourne.
JCB Group Managing Director Jonathan Bischoff said: “We are delighted to have acquired this respected and long established family business and look forward to the challenges of extending our business. Key attractions for us are the cultural fit and more choice for our customers.
“Hidsons Group have remained successful dealers for 65 years due to its ongoing philosophy of offering the highest quality and service to their customers. This fits well with the JCB Group and while we’ve grown hugely over the years, as a family owned business ourselves, the focus has always been on looking after our customers and offering reliable vehicles which are value-for-money, as well as offering a localised, personalised service and approachable and knowledgeable staff.
“We are committed to preserving and nurturing this culture as well as putting in place new initiatives which allows the Hidsons sites to benefit from our larger scale and investments we have made.