Lovell and Smith Motors
Situated in a large, well equipped workshop in the Bedfordshire village of Barton le Clay is where you can find Lovell & Smith Motor Services, a local garage that prides itself on the service it offers its customers as well as the service it undertakes on their vehicles.
The garage had been trading for a number of years but the then owners decided to retire, placing the business up for sale and putting at risk the jobs of 4 people. This opened the way for Barton le Clay resident, Andy Smith, an experienced motor spare parts salesman, to branch out and become his own boss.
Situated on a main road between Bedford and Luton the garage is ideally situated for people looking for a local garage thereby avoiding the need to go into the busy Luton town centre. The garage offers a comprehensive vehicle servicing and repair service along with MOT’s, Air Conditioning repairs, tyre sales as well as a valeting, break down recovery and vehicle transportation all with the added value of a collection and drop off service to suit the customer’s requirements.
Andy found Foundation East's website following a google search, having been unsuccessful applying for funding from his own bank. Bob Shimmon, Foundation East's Business Loans Manager for Bedfordshire was impressed by Andy’s energy and enthusiasm to take on and transform the garage business. The business continues to employ 4 people including Andy and is trading well, the most recent figures showing a growth in sales.
“Foundation East have enabled me to fulfil my ambitions to own my own garage in my local area. The process was very detailed, but helped me shape my Business Plan to include coaching support along with the ongoing mentoring that Bob provides. It has been a challenging start, but Foundation East have been flexible and understanding, after reviewing and considering the business performance so far” said Andy.
They can be found on twitter- @LovellMotor