We have been in distribution and wholesaling for over 80 years with a product portfolio that now spans the Automotive, Travel & Leisure, Maintenance & Accessories and Retail sectors. Employing over 1,000 people, we operate across the UK through a network of 22 sites, including a National Distribution Centre based in Sheffield.
With a reputation built on service excellence, our mission is to develop and maintain long term partnerships with our customers and suppliers and be a valued and integral part of their supply chain.
We began life distributing parts to the automotive aftermarket. Today automotive parts remain a strong part of our overall offering, however our portfolio has expanded and now carries over 100,000 product lines covering the Maintenance & Accessories, Travel & Leisure and Retail sectors.
We are the partner of choice for a number of leading automotive brands, handling part or all of their UK distribution. Our national network of branches gives us the ability of having overnight stock supply supported by same day service, something no-one else in the market can offer. With over 3,000 trade accounts ranging from independent outlets to large national chains, our focus is on fostering strong relationships throughout the supply chain so that our customers can service their customers profitably.
We pride ourselves on service excellence, so whether you are a distributor looking to expand your product offering, or a supplier looking to reach new distributors, we have the value added services to help you thrive.
More recently we have developed as a logistics partner for national retailers, serving a number of blue chip customers from an extra location we have added to serve this market. We continue to invest in the business with a new bulk warehouse in 2011 and new systems in 2012, giving us a state of the art infrastructure to develop business with existing and new channel partners.
Neil Davis Managing Director
Following 5 years in corporate development in the engineering and manufacturing sector, Neil joined the automotive aftermarket in 1996, with a particular focus on acquisitions. He joined FPS in 2000 as Finance Director and became Managing Director in 2005. Neil became a director of the parent company, Lookers PLC, in 2011, and is also Managing Director of the Lookers Parts Division.
Terry Wainwright Director
Terry has over 40 years’ industry experience, having held senior positions with established Groups in the automotive aftermarket. He joined FPS in 1997 as Marketing Director before becoming Managing Director a year later. Terry served on the Lookers Board from 2005 – 2011 as Managing Director of Lookers Parts Division and in 2011 took on the role of Chairman.
Graham Knight Operations Director (South)
Graham has 38 years’ experience in the aftermarket. After working his way up to Branch Manager positions in Motorist Discount Shops Graham moved to FPS. He went on to become a General Manager and in 1992 he was appointed as Operations Director for the Southern Region. Graham is also the President of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF)
Adrian Parker Commercial Director
Adrian has over 30 years’ continual service in the aftermarket. He joined Willow Vale Ltd. in 1979 in a temporary position as a Van Driver and progressed from there to Branch Manager and finally to Head of Purchasing. Through a series of acquisitions he arrived at FPS. Adrian acquired FPS with four others in 2001, selling to our parent company Lookers in 2004. He has been our Commercial Director since that time.
Peter Blackburn Finance Director
Peter joined FPS in 2007. Prior to this he trained with Bendix Westinghouse, followed by roles in Kleeneze and Ready Mixed Concrete Group as a Company Accountant. Peter has held senior roles as the Divisional Finance Director for Brunel Holdings, and as Finance Director for MacLellan International.
Garry Parkinson Operations Director (North)
Garry has worked in the aftermarket for 35 years. Prior to joining FPS he held positions at Exide batteries, GKN Autoparts, Partco, LSUK, and Unipart. He has experience in these organisations as a Warehouse Manager, Branch Manager, Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Operations Manager and Operations Director, his current role at FPS since 2009.
Ben Hilton Marketing Director
Ben’s FPS career began as a Product Manager in 2002, before he progressed to Marketing Manager in 2004. Over a nine year period he established a multi-disciplined marketing and technical team. In October 2013 Ben joined the Board as Marketing Director with over 16 years’ experience in marketing and 11 years within the automotive aftermarket.