Vella Group announces Gaskell Motor Bodies acquisition

The Vella Group has increased its site locations to 12 with the acquisition of Lancashire-based Gaskell Motor Bodies.

The business has a 6,000 sqft workshop and will operate as The Vella Group Great Harwood.

Owners Nick and Louise Gaskell will both remain with the business, with Nick becoming site manager.

He said: “Louise and I are very proud of the business and team that we have built up over the past 25 years, but felt that the time was right to become part of a larger group. We and all the staff are looking forward to the opportunity of working with the Vella Group.  We’d like to thank all the customers, local community, friends and family who have supported us over the years and we look forward to them following us on our journey.”

Karl Vella MBE, chairman of The Vella Group, said: “We’re delighted to announce our 12th site and to welcome Nick, Louise and the entire Gaskell Motor Bodies team into The Vella Group. I’ve known Nick ever since he started in business and have always held him in high regard. He has built a great business with a fantastic reputation and has strong core values. These are really exciting times of growth for The Vella Group.”

Marc Holding, managing director of The Vella Group, added: “We’re very pleased to have completed this purchase. Their team culture is a perfect fit with ours, the site is in an excellent strategic location, and the premises fits ideally with our operating model. This continues our growth plan, and we have now doubled our footprint since September 2020.  We look forward to announcing further developments throughout 2023.”