Kwik-Fit to increase business volumes in 2011 with 10 new centres
The firm has confirmed centre openings in Farnham, Heywood and Scunthorpe this year, with other locations expected to be revealed over the coming months.
In recent months Kwik-Fit has opened new centres in Brentford, Brierley Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Charlton, Ipswich, Luton, Newport Pagnell, Rugeley, Thetford and Walsall.
Prior to the launch of the latest centre investment programme Kwik-Fit operated a 669-centre network, supported by a mobile fleet of more than 200 vehicles.
Kwik-Fit Fleet sales director Peter Lambert said: 'Centre locations are continually kept under review. The company has identified a number of hotspots where we do not have centre coverage. As and when suitable locations become available we have plans to open further outlets.'
Kwik-Fit's investment strategy comes as the business reports a 43% rise in MoTs carried out in the first quarter of this year versus the same period in 2010 and a 35% rise in vehicle servicing over the same period.
The firm says that all-makes vehicle servicing and MoTs are a significant growth area for Kwik-Fit and its fleet division as budget-conscious consumers and businesses seek out cash-saving opportunities.
Lambert said: 'At a time when many organisations, including some of our rivals, are scaling back investment and indeed closing centres, we believe our strategy will be rewarded with increased business.
'Investment, product development and new initiatives are vital in the fleet sector and Kwik-Fit is continually working to provide customers with an ever better service.'