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Andrew Cope appointed to board at Synergy Automotive

Cope was instrumental in leading Zenith through five private equity buyouts between 2003-2014, before spearheading the MBO of incident management and roadside recovery specialist FMG a year after joining its board in 2014.

In his new role at Synergy Automotive he will work alongside MD and founder, Paul Parkinson to shape the strategy and vision of the 23-strong business at Hornbeam Park in Harrogate.

The move comes as the company reports unprecedented growth in its 10th year of trading. Leasing more than £29m of vehicles at retail value in the last financial year, Synergy Automotive plans to increase that by over 30% to £42m this financial year.   

Paul Parkinson commented: “Andrew’s appointment marks another milestone in Synergy’s development. Innovation, coupled with ongoing investment to deliver top class customer service, is instrumental to furthering our success and Andrew’s powerful track record will accelerate our wider goals and vision.”

Andrew Cope added: “Under Paul’s dynamic leadership, Synergy Automotive has carved a strong reputation in the industry. Earmarked as ‘one to watch’, the business has enormous potential to continue its growth trajectory and I’m looking forward to drawing on my experience to help it continue to go from strength to strength. Many who know me will be surprised about my involvement, but Synergy and other businesses like it are re-writing the book on how to deliver vehicles in the 21st Century.”   

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.