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Jones is back after nine-year hiatus

4th August 2011, Page 46
4th August 2011
Page 46
Page 46, 4th August 2011 — Jones is back after nine-year hiatus
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Derek Jones, the former Scania dealer, is back after nine years

Words: Kevin Swallow

FORMER INDEPENDENT Scania dealer Derek Jones has returned to the industry with a new truck and van servicing operation in Corby.

Derek Jones, who will be 72 in October, bought a company out of liquidation last year and will run it with his son Tony. Derek Jones Vehicle Services operates on a one-acre site with ive bays, a test lane, and eight technicians.

Derek is also in talks with two manufacturers to secure franchise servicing on site. He admits the decision to get back into road transport might raise a few eyebrows, but it’s an industry dear to his heart. “We were a major Scania dealership before we sold it. I started with a tool kit in the back of a van, and eventually sold the dealership for £3.2m,” he says.

Derek Jones Commercials sold to fellow independent Scania dealer Ro-Truck, which ran both dealerships as separate businesses until they were merged in 2006 and rebranded as TruckEast. In 2007, it was bought by former Keltruck directors John Biggin and Simon Hobson. ■

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