National Tyres and Autocare
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Number of locations
|238 (February 2017)|
|Tony Neill (Axle Group CEO)
Alan Revie (Axle Group Chairman)
|Revenue||circa £180 million|
Number of employees
|1,192 (December 2015)|
|Parent||Axle Group Holdings Ltd|
National Tyres and Autocare is an independent tyre and automotive parts retailer based in Stockport in Greater Manchester, England. The company is now part of Axle Group Holdings Ltd. They are commonly referred to as just 'National Tyres' although the limited company is still National Tyre Service Ltd (trading as National Tyres and Autocare).
National Tyres and Autocare was formed in August 1970 under the name National Tyre Service Ltd. It brought together a number of regional independent companies to form the UK's first national network of tyre fitting centres.
In 1985 National Tyre Service Ltd was purchased by BTR plc.
In May 1991, National Tyre Service Ltd was bought from BTR plc by German tyre manufacturer Continental AG. At the same time Continental AG also purchased Smiley Tyres & Exhausts (who subsequently merged with National Tyre Service) and tyre wholesalers Birkenshaw International and Viking Tyres. Birkenshaw International and Viking Tyres later merged to form Viking International.
In August 2006 the Leicester branch of National Tyres was almost completely destroyed in a large fire. The branch was subsequently rebuilt and still trades today.
British Superbike sponsorship
National Tyres sponsored the Suzuki superbike team in the 2000 British Superbike Championship. Their main rider, Chris Walker, came close to winning the Championship that year, only engine failure with three laps remaining allowed Ducati rider Neil Hodgson to pass him and take the title.
- Mark Smith (7 May 2010). "National Tyres boss in 63% pay cut despite profit hike". Herald Scotland. Retrieved on 1 October 2010.
- Mark Smith (23 April 2008). "National Tyres set for £12m injection to accelerate expansion". Herald Scotland. Retrieved on 1 October 2010.
- Ben Harrington (11 July 2007). "Rivals zoom in as National Tyres is put up for sale". Telegraph. Retrieved on 1 October 2010.
- BBC News (12 August 2006). "City tyre firm destroyed in blaze". BBC News. Retrieved on 1 October 2010.