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The Car Buying Group

North’s fastest growing technology firm shortlisted in national award

13 September 2017 11:36


A Yorkshire-based online car purchasing company has been shortlisted for a national award to celebrate Great British entrepreneurs.

Wakefield and Bradford-based The Car Buying Group has been announced as just one of six finalists in NatWest’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Scale-up Entrepreneur category.

The awards, which will take place at The Imperial War Museum in Manchester on 14th November 2017, aim to celebrate successful entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a hunger for opportunity and a growth mindset.

Founder and managing director of The Car Buying Group, Tom Marley, was among thousands of business who entered the awards, which is now in its fifth year. Sponsored by NatWest, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated a number of well-known entrepreneurs over the years, including David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

The Car Buying Group, which was named the North’s fastest growing technology company in Tech North’s Northern Tech 100 league table earlier this year and has experienced an impressive 191% increase in growth since their inception, provides customers with a fair, fast and hassle-free way to sell a car online.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Tom Marley said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been named a finalist in such a prestigious award. I’m very much looking forward to attending the ceremony on the night and meeting some of the UK’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs.”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said:

“We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said:

"I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

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About The Car Buying Group

The Car Buying Group (TCBG) is the fastest growing online car purchasing website in the UK.
Established in 2014, TCBG, a trading name of Digital Automotive Solutions Ltd, was formed by young entrepreneur Tom Marley with the support of three shareholders, all of which have exceptional experience of growing and nurturing startups in the motor trade and digital arenas.
An automated online valuations system, backed up by an excellent customer service to ensure optimal customer satisfaction, TCBG has experienced rapid growth following its first two years in operation, increasing from a £3m turnover in year one to a £10m in year two and now has projections to exceed £30m in year three.
Thanks to a multi-million-pound investment from motor trade giants, the Greenhous Group in February 2016, the firm’s growth has propelled the business into larger markets and it now has a number of corporate partnerships and white label solutions.
Based in Yorkshire with more than 80 drop-in sites across the UK and Northern Ireland, TCBG provide a fair, fast and hassle-free way to sell a car online. Requiring only a few basic pieces of vehicle information, a car valuation is provided instantly to the customer searching their website. Furthermore, TCBG offer a UK wide free vehicle collection service, for maximum convenience to the customer.
Currently run from offices in Wakefield, Bradford and Plymouth with a headcount of 13, the team will grow to 20+ before the end of 2016.
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