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IndustryAutomotive Services
Founded1892; 131 years ago (1892)
FounderF W Rushbrooke
Area served
United Kingdom and Ireland
Key people
Keith Williams
Graham Stapleton
(Chief Executive)
ProductsElectric bikes, push bikes and accessories, car parts, SatNav, Car audio, Tools, Child seats etc.
ServicesCar servicing, bike repair, vehicle part fitting, basic audio and dash-cam installations.
Revenue£1,369.6 million (2022)[1]
£89.8 million (2022)[2]
Number of employees
10,000 (2018)[3]
SubsidiariesHalfords Autocentre
Boardman Bikes Ltd.
Tyres on the Drive

Halfords Group PLC is the UK's largest retailer of motoring and cycling products and services. Through Halfords Autocentre, they provide vehicle servicing, MOT, maintenance and repairs in the United Kingdom.[4]

Halfords Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange.


A Halfords in Kirkstall, Leeds (2006)

Halfords was founded by Frederick Rushbrooke, in Birmingham in 1892, as a wholesale ironmongery.[5] The company takes its name from Halford Street in Leicester, where Rushbrooke opened a store in 1902 and started selling cycling goods.[5]

Halfords opened its two hundredth store in 1931, and purchased the Birmingham Bicycle Company in 1945.[5] It opened its three hundredth store in 1968.[5] The company became a part of Burmah Oil in 1965, following a takeover battle between Burmah and Smiths Industries.[5]

The company was acquired by the Ward White Group in 1983,[5] from whom the Boots Group acquired it in 1989. Halfords was later demerged from the Boots Group in 2002.[6][5]

Halfords was taken over by CVC Capital Partners in July 2003[5] and, in June 2004, it was floated on the London Stock Exchange.[5]

Halfords rebranded in February 2003, to the black and orange logo it has today.[7]

Halfords entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Autobacs Seven Co. on 11 July 2005,[8] a Japan based car accessory retailer with chains of stores all over the world and is best known for being the title sponsor of Super GT and D1 Grand Prix.[9]

Autobacs acquired 5% (11,400,000 shares) of the company on 13 December 2005, at approximately ¥7.5 billion.[10]

Halfords opened its first shop in Central Europe in June 2007, in a village near Prague. In the next two years, it opened five more stores in the Czech Republic and one in Poland (Wrocław, 2008). Expansion into Central Europe was seen as an opportunity, because the cars on the road tend to be slightly older there, so people would be more adept at car maintenance.[11]

In March 2010, Halfords ceased its international expansion to refocus on the domestic market.[12]

In February 2010, the company announced its expansion into autocare and that it was acquiring the chain Nationwide Autocentre MOT from private equity firm Phoenix. As of January 2023, there are over 250 garages branded Halfords Autocentre, providing MOTs, car repairs and servicing.[13]

In June 2014, Halfords acquired the British bicycle manufacturer Boardman Bikes Ltd. (founded by the professional cyclist Chris Boardman, Sarah Mooney and Alan Ingarfield) for undisclosed sum.[14][15]

Halfords acquired Swansea based Tredz Bikes, an online retailer of premium bikes and cycling accessories, and Wheelies, the largest provider of bicycle replacement for insurance companies in the United Kingdom, for £18.4m, from founders Keith and Michael Jones, on 24 May 2016. The group turned over around £32m, in the year to 29 February 2016, making a profit, before financial charges of £2.4m.[16]

At a Capital Markets Day in September 2018, Halfords announced a new strategy, entitled 'To Inspire and Support a Lifetime of Motoring and Cycling'.[17] It has three priorities:

  1. Inspire customers with a differentiated and specialist offer
  2. Support customers through an integrated and more convenient service
  3. Enable a lifetime of motoring and cycling

In 2019, CEO Graham Stapleton announced he was placing greater focus on growing Halford's motoring services business. In November 2019, Halfords acquired McConechy’s garages in Scotland[18] and Tyres on the Drive mobile tyre fitting service.[19] In March 2021, the business acquired Universal Tyres and Garages.[20]

Since 2020, Halfords sells E-bikes and E-scooters.

In December 2021, Halfords acquired rival tyres and auto-care chain National Tyres and Autocare for £62m. The chain will continue to trade under the same name following the acquisition.

in October 2022, Halfords announced it had acquired the UK commercial tyre business, Lodge Tyre Company for £37.2m.[21]


Since 2010, Halfords Retail has operated around 465 stores, of which about twenty two are in the Republic of Ireland, and the others in the United Kingdom.[22]

As of June 2021, Halfords has 404 stores, 3 Performance Cycling stores (trading as Tredz and Giant), 374 garages (trading as Halfords Autocentres, McConechys and Universal Tyres and Autocentres) and 143 mobile service vans (trading as Halfords Mobile Expert and Tyres on the Drive) and 192 Commercial vans.[23]


In 1987, Halfords sponsored the team of Professional Road Cycling, ANC Halfords, and that year, entered the Tour de France. However, the team ran out of money, at the end of the season, and officially disbanded.[citation needed]

The team won the overall BTCC Drivers Championship, in 2005 and 2006, with driver Matt Neal.[24] In March 2007, Halfords sponsored the Team Dynamics BTCC racing team, under the name of Team Halfords,[25] and in January 2008, Halfords started sponsoring a mixed professional bike team, Team Halfords Bikehut, headed by Nicole Cooke.[26]

Halfords announces a 15 month partnership to sponsor ITV National Weather from October 2018.[27]

In 2021, Halfords announced it would be sponsoring the Team Dynamics BTCC racing team with drivers Gordon Shedden and Daniel Rowbottom.[28]

Cycle Republic[edit]

In November 2014, Halfords announced it was going to revive its Cycle Republic chain of specialist bicycle stores, primarily focused on urban cycling and commuting, which is reflected in the brand's styling.[29] The first store was opened in London, on 12 December 2014.[30] The company's shop estate twenty two shops,[31] and an ecommerce website operation offering an extended product range, as well as financing options.[32]

The company's flagship store in Canary Wharf was opened by Olympian, Victoria Pendleton, in January 2018.[33]

Cycle Republic sponsored the racing team, Morvélo Basso, for 2018.[34] The company also provides event support at cyclo sportives around the country, including Etape Loch Ness, Palace2Palace and Velo Birmingham.[35] The company announced a new, strategic partnership with the folding bike manufacturer Brompton, in the end of 2018.[36] Cycle Republic ceased trading under that name and the subcompany merged with another chain bought by Halfords called Tredz, which Halfords have stated will uphold any extended warranties.


  1. ^ "Halfords Group plc Financial Statements 2022". halfordscompany.com. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Halfords Group plc Financial Statements 2022". halfordscompany.com. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Fast facts". Halfords. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Halfords Autocentres reports 89.6% increase in pre-tax profit - next stop 'market leadership'". Tyrepress. 23 June 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "And it's all thanks to a passion for a penny-farthing bicycle". London: Times Online. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
  6. ^ "Boots to send Halfords off on its bike". telegraph.co.uk. 18 April 2002. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Halfords change of style benefits Barnado's". Retail Bulletin. 18 February 2003. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Announcement of Collaboration Agreement with Halfords Group plc". Autobacs Seven Co. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
  9. ^ "Manabu Orido announces Super GT Sabbatical after departing JLOC". Super GT World. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Announcement of Acquisition of Stocks of Halfords Group plc". Autobacs Seven Co. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
  11. ^ Thompson, James (6 June 2008). "Halfords looking to branch out into Central Europe as sales buck downward trend". London: Independent Online. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
  12. ^ "Halfords leaving Czech Rep and Poland after three years, focusing on domestic market". Autofox. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014. See also links on the bottom of that article; see also James Moore (24 March 2010). "Investment Column: Halfords rides away from central Europe". The Independent. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  13. ^ Halfords buys car servicing firm Nationwide Autocentres BBC News Online. 18 February 2010
  14. ^ "4 June 2014 Last updated at 18:05 Halfords takes over Boardman Bikes for undisclosed sum". BBC News. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Acquisition of Boardman Bikes will shift gear at Halfords". independent.co.uk. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  16. ^ Wood, Zoe (24 May 2016). "Halfords buys Tredz and Wheelies for £18.4m". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Capital Markets Day – Company Announcement - FT.com". markets.ft.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  18. ^ Kemp, Kenny (7 November 2019). "Ayr-based tyre centre chain taken over as part of £9 million acquisition". businessInsider. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Halfords to drive business with £9m garage chain deal - Retail Gazette". www.retailgazette.co.uk. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  20. ^ "Halfords to acquire Universal Tyre and Autocentres". www.am-online.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  21. ^ Media, Insider. "Halfords acquires 400-strong commercial tyre business". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  22. ^ According to the Annual Report 2009, there were 466 stores including six in Central Europe, and twenty two in Ireland. In 2010, there were 462 shops left, all in the British islands (Halfords Annual Report 2010 Archived 10 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine). This number had grown to 466 in 2013, according to the Annual Report of that year.
  23. ^ "Halfords seeks 700 technicians & store workers in recruitment drive". www.retailgazette.co.uk. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  24. ^ BTCC action: Matt Neal Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Team Halfords field pair of Honda Civics BTCC, 13 March 2007
  26. ^ Halfords backs Cooke for Glory Cycling Weekly, 8 January 2008
  27. ^ Halfords is ready whatever the weather with ITV national weather partnership Halfords, 16 October 2018
  28. ^ "Rowbottom joins Dynamics in BTCC as Neal takes sabbatical". www.autosport.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  29. ^ Butler, Sarah (6 November 2014). "Halfords to revive Cycle Republic chain". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  30. ^ Butler, Sarah (6 November 2014). "Halfords to revive Cycle Republic chain". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  31. ^ "Catching up with Peter Kimberley, MD of Cycle Republic". Bikebiz. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  32. ^ "Finance: Cycle Republic". Cycle Republic. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  33. ^ Enfield, Laura (5 January 2018). "Victoria Pendleton reveals why she is a "fair weather cyclist" at Cycle Republic opening in Canary Wharf". In your area. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  34. ^ Howells, Kieran. "Cycle Republic to sponsor Morvelo Basso for 2018". BikeBiz. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  35. ^ "Cycle Republic back huge Velo Birmingham event". Greater Birmingham Chambers. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  36. ^ Morley, Rebecca. "Cycle Republic adds Brompton to store lineup". BikeBiz. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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