Currently run by the third generation of the Simpson's family – Neil Simpson – it is one of those rare businesses where the people who run it have their name above the door.
The business was started by Neil's Grandfather, Edgar Simpson, who, after returning from the 2nd World War, started repairing local cars in a back alley in Colne. The business eventually passed to Edgar's son, Cliff Simpson, who ran the business until his son, Neil, took over in 2003.
From a customer's point of view this is priceless as everyone involved in the business strives to maintain the strength of the name and family integrity.
Over the years Simpsons have held a number of franchises. At one time the Company represented the Wartburg franchise – how many people can remember those? Other past franchises have included Mazda, Chrysler and Peugeot.
Škoda was introduced into Colne in 2003 and as a result of some property acquisitions moved in to a Skoda designed fully corporate dealership on Burnley Road.
In 2007 an opportunity presented itself to represent Škoda in the adjacent market of Preston. Starting initially in temporary premises on the outskirts of the city centre Simpsons quickly made their mark. Unprecedented levels of business in the first three years allowed the business to expand and relocate to more suitable and better located premises on Riversway Motor Park alongside other retailers.