Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen, Farnell Land Rover, Farnell Jaguar and Bristol Street Motor Nation brands) was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. The group was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU).
Bristol Street Motors originated in the early 1900s as a single Ford retailer located on Bristol Street in central Birmingham (www.bristolstreet.co.uk). Since those early days the business grew to become one of the largest motor retailers in the UK with a nationwide chain of franchised motor retailers offering sales, service, parts, and bodyshop facilities for new and used car and commercial vehicles. The Group also operates a number of Bristol Street Motor Nation used car outlets (www.motornation.co.uk) and a number of Honda retailers (www.vertuhonda.com). In 2010 Vertu Motors expanded into Scotland, trading under the Macklin Motors brand (www.macklinmotors.co.uk). Vertu Motors plc is now the 5th largest motor retailer in the United Kingdom and was awarded the Motor Trader Dealer Group of the Year in 2008.