Our History

Beginning in 1976 with the opening of a BMW retailer in Cockermouth, Cumbria, our story has always focused on delivering exceptional customer service.

From one BMW retailer to a company of over 1,000 employees and over thirty locations throughout the North of England and South Scotland, we have grown into one of the UK’s leading independent automotive groups.

As a trusted partner to BMW, MINI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Volvo, INEOS, BMW Motorrad and Honda Motorcycles, we have built lasting relationships with the world's leading automotive brands. This trust and experience ensure we offer exceptional customer service and advice for which we have an outstanding reputation.

Our Timeline

1976 - Lloyd Motor Group Established

Founded as a BMW dealership in Cockermouth.

Lloyd Motor Group founded in 1976

1977 - Awarded the Volvo franchise in Cockermouth
1977 - Awarded the Volvo franchise in Cockermouth
1986 - Opened a BMW dealership in Carlisle
1986 Lloyd BMW dealership in Carlisle
1988 - Took on the Honda franchise in Carlisle
1988 Lloyd Honda franchise in Carlisle

1994 - Lloyd Land Rover

Opened Land Rover and Rover dealerships at Rosehill, Carlisle. Conveniently located just off Junction 43 of the M6, Land Rover Carlisle retail centre serves Cumbrian towns and villages stretching from Brampton, through Penrith and as far as Windermere; as well as South West Scotland in the Dumfries & Galloway area, stretching from Langholm to New Galloway.

1996 - Awarded the Volvo franchise in Carlisle
1996 Lloyd Volvo franchise in Carlisle
1998 - Lloyd BMW Newcastle

Acquired Fawdington Ltd, which is now known as Lloyd BMW Newcastle.

2003 - BMW Carlisle Moved Premises

Lloyd Carlisle BMW premises moved from Kingstown Broadway to Grearshill Road, with MINI taking over the former BMW site in Carlisle.

2003 - Opened Honda Motorcycles in Carlisle
2003 Honda Motorcycles in Carlisle

2005 - Lloyd Jaguar

Acquired Gilligan Jaguar in Carlisle, which was renamed Lloyd Jaguar.Our modern and exciting architect-designed space at Rosehill in Carlisle provides you with the perfect environment to discover the superb Jaguar range which has quality and luxury at its core.

2006 - Took on the Saab franchise for Cumbria
2007 - BMW and MINI Colne

We acquired Prestons BMW and MINI dealerships which are now known as Lloyd BMW and MINI Colne.

2010 - BMW and MINI Blackpool

Acquired Derek Woodman, now known as Lloyd BMW and MINI Blackpool.

2010 - Lloyd BMW and MINI Blackpool

2011 - Land Rover Kelso

Acquired Croall Bryson, which has  become Lloyd Land Rover Kelso.

2011 - Land Rover Kelso

2015 - Lloyd BMW and MINI South Lakes

Acquired Bateman in Lindale, now under the name of Lloyd BMW and MINI South Lakes

2015 - Lloyd Premium Cars

Opened used car retailer ‘Lloyd Premium Cars’ in Blackpool.

2015 Lloyd Premium Cars opened in Blackpool
2016 - Land Rover Ripon

Acquired Ripon Land Rover in North Yorkshire, which has been renamed Lloyd Land Rover Ripon.

2016 - Land Rover Ripon

2018 - Lloyd Used Car Centre

Opened used car retailer ‘Lloyd Used Car Centre’ in Carlisle.

2018 - Lloyd Used Car Centre Carlisle

2019 - Kia Carlisle

Took on the Kia franchise serving Carlisle and Dumfries.

2019 - Kia Carlisle

2021 - Jaguar Land Rover York

Acquired Inchcape Jaguar Land Rover in York, which has been renamed Lloyd Jaguar Land Rover York.

2022 - Kia South Lakes

Acquired Rayrigg Motors retailer centres in Morecambe and Windemere, now known as Lloyd Kia South Lakes.

2022 - Kia South Lakes