Experts in Vehicle Leasing

history

history

With our roots beginning in 1958, we have almost 60 years' experience in vehicle leasing.

See our key moments in the timeline below.
 
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1958

Bryan Brothers Contract Hire

Bryan Brothers Contract Hire established in Bristol; part of the Bryan Brothers dealership Group. Ford Prefect delivered as the first leased car to a local Bristol doctor, Dr Hickey.

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1970

Bryan Brothers Contract Hire incorporated​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Bryan Brothers Contract Hire incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bryan Brothers Holdings.​​​​

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1984

1,000 vehicles

Fleet size reaches 1,000 vehicles​​​​.

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1990

Bryan Contract Hire

Renamed Bryan Contract Hire​​​​.

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1995

Management buyout

Management buyout; rebranded to BCH Vehicle Management.

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1996

10,000 vehicles

Fleet size reaches 10,000 vehicles.

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1997

London Stock Exchange

BCH Group plc floated with full listing on London Stock Exchange.

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1999

Deutsche Bank acquires BCH Group

Deutsche Bank acquires BCH Group. Pan European leasing offer created through sister operations in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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2000

Dealer Services channel launched

Dealer Services channel launched with UK’s first established online quote, document and order system, QuDOS.

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2001

Deutsche Bank sells BCH Group

Deutsche Bank sells BCH Group and all European vehicle leasing operations to Société Générale; rebranded to ALD Automotive.

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2003

Société Générale acquires Hertz Lease Europe

Société Générale acquires Hertz Lease Europe; Hertz Lease UK (Axus UK Ltd and ACR Ltd) integrated into ALD Automotive.

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2004

ProFleet2 telematics solution launched

ProFleet2 telematics solution launched; the first integrated telemetry solution in the UK market.

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2005

Wheels Inc (USA)

Global market offer extended through alliance with Wheels Inc (USA).

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2008

50,000 vehicles

Fleet size reaches 50,000 vehicles. ALD celebrates as part of its 50th Anniversary.

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2009

Multi-sales channel strategy

Multi-sales channel strategy adopted to cater for needs of large corporate business, SME’s and private individuals via direct and indirect sales channel; first manufacturer white-label leasing operation launched.

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2012

Banking white-label leasing

Banking white-label leasing operation launched.

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2014

100,000 vehicles

UK fleet reaches 100,000 vehicles; ALD Automotive Group reaches 1 million vehicles across 40 countries

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2016

Further growth and FCA accreditation

UK fleet expands to over 125,000; Group fleet now exceeds 1.3m vehicles in over 40 countries worldwide.