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Celebrating 100 years of GK Group

CELEBRATING 100 Years of GK GROUP The roots of GK Group date back to 1878 when Frank Kenning opened a hardware business in 1878 Clay Cross. Frank's son, George Kenning followed his father as head of the business and was quick to develop opportunities presented by the new motor trade. George Kenning 1927 1938- One of Sir George's biggest deals was in 1927 when for In 1938 Kennings Limited became a public company. £62,925 he bought the entire Morris factory production. After the Second World War, Kennings Limited grew rapidly. In 1950 there were fifty depots but by the time of Sir George's death in 1956, there were eighty. (1950 1956- Sir George was succeeded by his sons, George as chairman and joint managing director together with his brother David. Died: 1956 George David The brothers dedicated themselves to expanding the... Kenning Motor Group as it was now called, and the business grew to: 300 Depots with interests in motor vehicles, fuel, vehicle rental and tyres with over: 8,000 Employees (1996- George Kenning Ford dealership in Vicar Lane, Chesterfield. The business moved to its present premises in Chatsworth Road in 1966. Most Notable Acquisition: was of the London Austin distributor, Car Mart that held the Royal Warrant for supply to HM Queen and a BMC import and distribution operation in Zimbabwe, formerly Southern Rhodesia. Kenning Motor Group Achieved Great Horizontal Expansion In addition to operating over 100 petrol forecourts, Kenning Motor Group built the Motorway Service sites at Strensham M5 and Anderton M61 and had an Kenning Motor Group's former Head office at Manor Offices, Old Road, Chesterfield. extensive fuel distribution Company for Shell-Mex and BP. Kenning Car and Van Rental, with its highly visible rental vans, was perhaps one of the most well known of Kenning Car Rental, an independant company since 1994, now has its head office in Durrant Kennings Companies. The business rapidly expanded with the acquisition of the Irish firm, Joe Malone Car Hire as well House as the development of a business in France. (1970- In 1970 they were able to claim a hire feet of 5000 vehicles. 1981 In 1981 George Kenning died unexpectedly and brother David died the They were succeeded by: Bart Oxspring and following year. Jerry Foster 1986 1987, Kenning Motor Group was subject to a take-over by Tozer, Kemsley and Millbourn, as a result the Sir George's grandsons: George, David & Richard entity was divided up and the majority of assets were disposed of. (4rth Generation) established their own new independent Company and bought out the Kenning Motor Group's Ford interests in Chesterfield and Sheffield. They renamed Kenning Motor Group to GK GROUP using their grandfather, George Kenning's initials. Two of the original three Directors, George and David Kenning, remain as the major shareholders and joint Chief Executives of GK Group Limited. GK Group now operate / sites spanning across the North of England Alfreton Chesterfield Dronfield Mansfield GKGap Woodford Worksop Retford GK GROUP www.gkgroup.co.uk

Celebrating 100 years of GK Group

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GK Group, family-owned business,  sell and service new cars and vans, as well as all makes of used cars across a variety of locations since 1915. Customer care is a major part of the business as wel...

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