Leeds auto-engineering firm invests £3m in Midlands expansion

Leeds auto-engineering firm invests £3m in Midlands expansion
Steve MacDonald

An auto-engineering firm based in Leeds has invested £3 million in a new vehicle conversion workshop as it expands into the Midlands.

The new 13,000 sq ft facility launches this month, a year after SM UK opened its first vehicle conversion centre in Leeds.

Located in Tamworth, Staffordshire, the new centre will enable SM UK clients in the region to undergo vehicle safety and CCTV system installations with rapid turnaround times.

An initial workforce of ten is set to grow quickly, with a raft of new hires and an apprenticeship programme in the works.

The new facility will provide bespoke fit-out and conversion services for SM UK’s customers, ranging from blue-chip commercial vehicle manufacturers and distributors, to professional tradespeople with a single van.

“Our northern conversion centre in Leeds has proved a huge success in the year since it launched, enabling us to collect and work on customers’ vehicles in a professional and modern environment without taking up time and space at their own premises,” said MD Steve MacDonald.

“We’re opening the new Midlands centre on the same model as our Leeds workshop. Initially it will be a great resource for our many existing Midlands-based customers, including Mercedes, Volvo and DAF.

“We are extremely well located for the Leicester, Birmingham and Northampton areas, and we hope to attract new clients in the region as we grow.”