Buyout puts Concept Group on road to growth

Posted on 5 Dec 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Coventry-based show-car manufacturer, Concept Group International has been acquired in a multi-million-pound deal by fellow local, Envisage Group.

Envisage Group’s acquisition of Concept Group International (CGI), which produces show-cars for some of the world’s leading motor manufacturers, is hoped to see staff numbers rise to around 850.

Concept Group was founded in 1999 by Joe Molloy who grew the firm until his death three years ago, and has continued to trade under the guidance of a management team.

The Envisage Group is made up of five companies which undertake design, engineering, niche manufacturing and recruitment in the automotive, rail and marine industries. It also has offices in India and the US.

According to Envisage, the move not only added to the service offering of the group but also ensured that key skills remained in the city.

Chairman and founder, Bryan Campbell explained: “We have worked closely with CGI over the years and by bringing the company into the Envisage Group means we can offer the full range of services to our clients, from producing show vehicles right through to actually manufacturing small run and limited edition vehicles with every process in between.

“We are big believers in retaining and nurturing world class skills in Coventry, and there is no question that CGI – like Envisage – undertakes work that simply cannot be done anywhere else in the UK and in very few places across the world.

“It has produced show cars for the likes of Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan, Geely and Volvo, many of whom are existing clients of the group, so it makes commercial sense to bring the two companies together and ensures our customers receive the highest quality service.”

The deal will see all 250 staff retained and Concept Group will continue to operate out of its current 70,000 sqft base in Longford.

Adrian Coppin, currently manufacturing and operations director of Envisage, will assume day-to-day running of CGI.

CEO of Evinsage Group, Chris Devane commented: “This is a very positive move for both companies. It adds to our strength of service offering but we also see considerable growth potential in CGI, as well as giving us much-needed space to expand.