Steer acquires Gemini ARC to expand its UK-wide footprint

Steer Automotive Group has announced the acquisition of Gemini Accident Repair Centres. The purchase includes all 38 bodyshops in the Gemini ARC group, expanding Steer’s growing footprint from Edinburgh to Cornwall.

Founded in 2008 by Tim Hopkins, Gemini has grown from a single-site operation to a semi-national network renowned for its strong customer relationships, innovative training and apprentice programmes, and sustainable initiatives. The acquisition will further enhance Steer’s mutual client relationships and performance, developing and improving client experience delivery across the UK.

Steer acquires Gemini

Commenting as Steer acquires Gemini, exiting Gemini CEO Tim Hopkins said:

“I would like to pass on my deepest gratitude to my incredible Gemini team for their unwavering hard work and loyalty. To our valued customers and insurers, thank you for your continuous support and trust. I am confident that Steer Group is the ideal successor for our business. Their commitment to investment and future-oriented plans ensures that you will all have long-term job security and exciting opportunities ahead.”

Steer acquires Gemini ARC including all 38 Gemini bodyshops around the UK

Gemini’s managing director Dave Sargeant and finance director Phil Coleman will remain with the business and will join the Steer Leadership Team, which will help to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service. Both Sargeant and Coleman will continue to play crucial roles within Gemini, while bringing their expertise and commitment to the larger group.

Steer Automotive Group chief executive Richard Steer said:

“We are proud to welcome Gemini’s exceptional team into the Steer family. Gemini’s innovative repair proposition and steadfast dedication to outstanding service have set an industry benchmark. Their business model, which consistently delivers top-tier service to their valued clients, will greatly enhance our operational capabilities. This acquisition strengthens our commitment to service excellence across the UK, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of the automotive repair sector and continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”