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|Founded||7 February 2001(Toddington)|
|Headquarters||Toddington, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Area served||United Kingdom|
|Key people||Tim Moss (CEO)
Robert Prynn (CFO)
Brian Lotts (Chief Operating Officer)
Sir Gerry Robinson (Chairman)
Moto is owned by a consortium of shareholders including Australian pension funds and European and New Zealand infrastructure funds and is asset managed by Macquarie Investment Bank. Macquarie Bank has managed Moto since Compass Group sold off SSP in April 2006 for £1,822 million.
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 2.1 Travelodge
- 2.2 Days Inn
- 2.3 Fone Bitz
- 2.4 Ladbrokes
- 2.5 Moto Meetings
- 2.6 Lucky Coin
- 2.7 Barber Shop
- 2.8 Full Hou$e
- 2.9 WHSmith
- 2.10 M&S Simply Food
- 2.11 Costa Coffee
- 2.12 Eat & Drink Co
- 2.13 Burger King
- 2.14 Greggs
- 2.15 West Cornwall Pasty Company
- 2.16 Upper Crust
- 2.17 Krispy Kreme
- 2.18 Harry Ramsdens
- 3 Awards
- 4 Innovations
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Granada, who owned the chain of Granada motorway service stations, merged with Compass in July 2000, to form Granada Compass plc. The plan was to combine the hospitality interests of the two businesses and hive off the media division, which was done by demerging the new group into Compass plc and Granada Media in 2001. Granada had previously acquired Forte plc in a £3.3bn hostile takeover on 24 January 1996. It sold its French Cote France service stations to Italy's Autogrill in December 1997. The food and hospitality division of Granada was retained by Compass, which became its Select Service Partner (SSP) UK division, but ownership of the Granada brand and trademark passed to the new media company. The Granada name was retained on the service stations until 23 May 2001, when the 47 sites were rebranded as Moto. In 2006, Moto separated from Compass Group and SSP following successful acquisition by a consortium of investors and underwent a period of intensive expansion through investment in new brands and offers.
The facilities available at Moto service areas varies from each site, with most sites open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Typically, each service area comprises a cafe or restaurant, a retail outlet, a hotel and a petrol station. All sites have WHSmith, Burger King, Eat and Drink Co. restaurant, Costa Coffee and a Petrol station which is either Esso or BP.
The majority of hotels at Moto service areas are Travelodge hotels, at 56 sites.
Moto have recently experimented with Days Inn, with two sites at Winchester services and Wetherby Services. Although the Days Inn motel at Winchester services was opened by Moto, but operated by Welcome Break.
Ladbrokes was introduced long before Moto's reign, and was introduced by Granada in 1995, Granada thought betting arcades would be a useful facility at Motorway Services.
Moto Meetings is Moto's own branded business centres. It offers facilities other than business, such as the free Wi-Fi, Food & Drink, Telephones, eMail, and Fax at most Moto service areas and a seating area. Meeting Rooms are booked on-site or online.
Lucky Coin are Moto's own branded betting arcades, they were founded and introduced in 2006. They are a common sight at Moto services and even appear at services that provide a Ladbrokes too.
The branch at Toddington Services has since closed. Leaving just 2 shops, one at Lymm and the other at Leigh Delamere. The branch at Leigh Delamere is branded as 'Mr.Bee's Barbershop'.
Full House is another one of Moto's self branded arcades. Unlike Lucky Coin, Full House is relatively new and isn't at many sites for the time being.
WHSmith operate outlets in all Moto service stations.
M&S Simply Food
Marks & Spencer operate Simply Food outlets across many services the first one opened at Toddington in 2003 and has been rolled out at many of Moto's sites
In 2008 Costa Coffee agreed a new deal with Moto and started to open branches at all sites and it also replaced Caffè Ritazza outlets or opened in new space that was available, by 2009 all the remaining Ritazza outlets were eventually removed and replaced.
Eat & Drink Co
Moto's self branded restaurant introduced in 2008. Replacing the old Fresh Express Restaurants.
Burger King have franchises at all major Moto Sites.
Greggs was first trialled at Lymm services on the M56 in early 2012 and now there are currently outlets at 12 Moto service stations.
West Cornwall Pasty Company
Upper Crust used to be at many sites but were all closed down expect for a couple of sites at Reading & Wetherby Services. A branch surprisingly re-opened at Cherwell Valley Services after the fire in 2010, replacing the Ladbrokes that should have opened instead.
Krispy Kreme kiosks can be found at the majority of Moto service areas.
Harry Ramsdens fish and chip shops used to be at 30 of Moto sites, but as the company has slowly shrunk all the service station units closed. The final branch at Exeter Services finally closed in early 2013 in favour of Moto's new brand, Bar & Grill.
Moto have won awards for the high standards of cleanliness in their public toilets, winning the 'Loo of the Year Award' in 2006 (for the fourth year running). Moto's Operations Director Brian Larkin was quoted as saying: "To be declared as having the best loos in Britain is quite an achievement in an industry like ours where around 100 million people a year use our toilets. They are open around the clock, every single day of the year so keeping them clean is a mammoth task. But hygienically spotless, fresh smelling toilets are a vital part of our customer care package and the people who look after them do a first-rate job. This accolade – and all the individual awards we’ve been given – is a glowing tribute to the hard work put in by our cleaning teams. We are delighted with the results."
The competition judges visited more than 1,000 public toilets all over Britain, scrutinising cleanliness, overall management, signage, accessibility, décor and the standard of fixtures and fittings.
Moto have recently opened Britain's first carbon neutral service station on the A1(M) at Kirk Deighton near Wetherby, lying across the border line between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, they have also purchased Winchester Services from Roadchef for conversion to carbon neutral operation. The upgrade will include recharging points for hybrid cars, a wind turbine, energy saving measures within the station itself and several innovative solutions that will be employed on a trial basis. These include a methane capturing system in the septic tank that will be allow gas to be recycled into the food production areas, and a commitment towards the reuse of energy currently wasted in the disposal systems of the station.
Other Moto stations shall soon feature play areas designed in collaboration with Tate Prize nominie Kolya Alyar who is famous for his work in bringing attention to the plight of the Mountain Jews of Dagestan, themed around various biblical chapters, including but not limited to Exodus and Leviticus.
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- "Loo of the Year Awards 2007: National Award Winners". Loo.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- Forepoint Limited. "Motorway Services | Moto - the UKs largest motorway services provider > News". Moto-way.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "LOY 2007 results brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "New Moto Station to hold open day in Wetherby - Wetherby Today". Wetherbynews.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
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