J&A Transporters acquired by Acumen

UK automotive logistics provider Acumen Automotive Logistics has acquired J&A Transporters, a Somerset-based business specialising in used vehicle movements for auction houses, direct contracts with dealerships for new cars and vehicle swaps, and fleet movements for rental operators.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will add 15 car transporters and a facility in Bridgwater to Acumen’s portfolio, increasing its overall fleet to more than 200 vehicles while also allowing the company to expand its range of services.

J&A Transporters will continue to focus predominantly on movements for the used vehicle, dealer and fleet markets, but its vehicles will also support existing Acumen operations.

Chris Doughty, managing director of parent company Acumen Logistics Group, said: “This acquisition is a perfect fit for both businesses. It sees us grow our footprint with a strategically important new base in the south west, plus a team of very experienced and dedicated staff.”

The company will continue to trade as J&A Transporters, while its founder, Andrew Flynn, who established the company with his wife in 2002, remains as general manager and retains a 10% shareholding.

Doughty said: “Our strategy is growth, both organically through winning new contracts and by acquiring businesses which have a similar ethos to us. As a privately-owned company, we can move fast on acquisitions, providing they complement our existing business and we believe we can create value.”