Here’s a look at Clive and the Portland Autos journey.
Clive Watson showed an interest in cars from a young age and was an apprentice tool maker at International Harvesters when he started buying and selling cars at the age of 17 years old. He has been the backbone of the business ever since and has seen it grow in size and stature making it into the successful business Portland Autos is today.
In 1983, Clive decided to take his redundancy from International Harvesters to set up a VAT registered company buying and selling cars. He started as a sole trader, mainly buying from and to the motor trade. Over the following five years strong foundations were established across the Yorkshire motor trade allowing him to move onto the next chapter.
An opportunity presented itself to move to an ex Datsun showroom in Sheffield on Rutland Road. This was a change in direction from supplying the motor trade to retailing cars to the general public. The previous owners gave Clive the trading name and that is where Portland Autos was born.
By now, The business was flourishing and Clive decided to move the business to land adjacent to his home where the business still operates on today. Once again, The business vision shifted slightly incorporating more upmarket cars and importing and exporting.
After University, both Adam and James decided to join the family business to give Clive a much needed helping hand. Portland now retails over 80 cars per month and is one of the leading independent car dealers in the country.
Enabling us to expand further, we gained planning permission for a 40-car indoor storage facility.
The company is a very proud family run business which employs 13 full time members of staff. It sells over 800 cars a year to customers in the UK, Europe and across the globe. We pride ourselves on providing a fantastic customer experience that is supportive and hassle free.
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