Our Story - Jennings Motor Group - SJennings Ltd

Award-winning Jennings Motor Group has been selling new and quality used cars to customers for over 100 years. We pride ourselves on putting our customers and their needs at the heart of everything we do by providing quality products, competitive prices and an unbeatable sales and after sales service.

1890- The Jennings journey begins

1890- The Jennings Journey Begins

Septimus Jennings starts repairing bicycles as a hobby in his garden shed in the county town of Morpeth, Northumberland.

1911 - Full-time Occupation

1911 - Full-Time Occupation

The hobby turns into a full-time job when Septimus Jennings purchases his first business premises in Morpeth, Northumberland and starts selling bicycles and motor cars. He employs 6 people.

1912 - Company Registration

1912 - Company Registration

Jennings registers with Companies House and becomes a Limited company.

1917 - Appointed by Ford Motor Company

1917 - Appointed by Ford Motor Company

The partnership with Ford Motor Company begins when S Jennings Ltd is one of the first dealers in the country to be appointed by Ford Motor Company to sell its cars.

100 years of family motoring

1950 - Promoting the Latest Model

The new Ford Poplar is launched - How the car was promoted in the early years by Jennings Ford in Morpeth, Northumberland.

100 years of family motoring

1984 - Company Investment and Expansion

Jennings purchases the Yarm Road dealership in Stockton on Teesside.

1992 - Under New Management

1992 - Under New Management

Alan Bentley takes over as Managing Director following a buyout from the Septimus Jennings family. The second generation of the Ford Escort continues to be a popular choice with small families.

1994 - Award-Winners

1994 - Award-Winners

First Chairman's Awards - Jennings Ford wins 2 of Ford's most prestigious Chairman's Awards for delivering outstanding customer service. The award is as a result of customers providing feedback regarding the service they receive.

1995 - Award-Winners

1995 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins 2 of Ford's most prestigious Chairman's Awards for outstanding customer service. Jennings purchases the Newcastle Road dealership in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.

1996 - Award-Winners

1996 - Award-Winners

ennings Ford wins Ford's Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service. Jennings purchases the Eslington Park dealership in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

1998 - Award-Winners

1998 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins Ford's Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service.

1999 - Award-Winners

1999 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins Ford's Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service. Work starts on site for a new state-of-the-art supersite on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough, Teesside.

2000 - New Dealership

2000 - New Dealership

The new state-of-the art dealership on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough, Teesside officially opens for business.

2001 - Award-Winners

2001 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins two of Ford's Chairman's Awards for outstanding customer service.

2002 - Award-Winners

2002 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins two of Ford's Chairman's Awards for outstanding customer service.

2003 - Award-Winners

2003 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins four Ford Chairman's Awards for outstanding customer service. Jennings Mazda, the first non-Ford franchise in the history of the Jennings Group is launched and a new Ford Commercial Sales Centre is built on the Middlesbrough supersite.

2004 - Multi-Franchise Status

2004 - Multi-Franchise Status

Middlesbrough becomes a multi-franchise supersite following the opening of a SEAT dealership. The 7-acre supersite now houses Ford, Mazda and SEAT.

2005 - Under New Management

2005 - Under New Management

Nas Khan, who has been Group Sales Director for 13 years, takes over as Group Managing Director following a buyout from former Group Chairman, Alan Bentley. Jennings Ford wins Ford's Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service.

2006 - Award-Winners

2006 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins two Ford Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service.

2009 - Award-Winners

2009 - Award-Winners

Jennings Ford wins two Ford Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service.

100 years of family motoring

2010 - Managing Director Spearheads Charity Appeal

Jennings Motor Group's Managing Director, Nas Khan launches his own charity, 'The Emaan Foundation' to raise £120K following floods in Pakistan.

2011 - Company Investment and Expansion

2011 - Company Investment and Expansion

Jennings Kia launches in Washington, Tyne and Wear. The Jennings Ford and Mazda service department at Washington expands to cater for Kia customers.

2012 - Centenary Celebrations

2012 - Centenary Celebrations

Jennings Motor Group celebrates 100 years of business in the North East. Over the years generations of the same family have come to Jennings for their motoring needs. Jennings Ford wins Ford's Chairman's Award for outstanding customer service.

2013 - Company Investment and Expansion

2013 - Company Investment and Expansion

Jennings Kia launches Britain's biggest Kia dealership in Teesside. The dealership is officially opened by Paul Philpott, CEO and President of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd.

2014 - Company Investment and Expansion

2014 - Company Investment and Expansion

The group's new Jennings Mitsubishi dealership in Middlesbrough is officially opened by Lance Bradley, managing director of Mitsubishi Motors UK.

2015 - Company Investment and Expansion

2015 - Company Investment and Expansion

A new £500,000 purpose-built Transit Centre is built at Jennings Ford's Gateshead dealership. Jennings Motor Group announces take-over of Leeds Harley-Davidson® dealership.

2016 - Company Investment and Expansion

2016 - Company Investment and Expansion

Jennings Kia Stockton launches new SUBWAY® store .

2016 – New purpose-built Transit Centre

2016 – New Purpose-Built Transit Centre

Transit Centre officially opens in Gateshead. Jennings Harley-Davidson® also opens for business in Gateshead.

Work starts on £1M expansion and refurbishment programme at Jennings Ford

2018 - Work Starts On £1M Expansion

Work starts on £1M expansion and refurbishment programme at Jennings Ford in Middlesbrough, for Teesside’s first Ford store.


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