Our History

The Sixties

The Company was first formed by Michael Smyth and a silent partner in 1967, when a small garage business at Radcliffe Road, Bolton was acquired. The business consisted of a workshop employing five mechanics and a petrol pump which sold 400 gallons of petrol per week.

Shortly after the company was formed, Bill Tyldsley joined the Company as a mechanic, and just 3 years later he became a Director of RRG.

The Seventies

In 1971 the relationship with Toyota began when RRG obtained its first RRG Dealership.

With petrol sales soaring, the Group flourished and in 1978 The Elton Garage site in Bury was purchased becoming a further Toyota dealership and petrol station.

The Eighties

By 1982, 50,000 gallons of petrol per week were being sold at Radcliffe Road Garage and 30,000 gallons at the Elton forecourt. The Company now needed space for storing cars, so a car preparation department on Tonge Fold Industrial Estate was opened to store 60 new cars. Two years later this area was also expanded to accommodate a new bodyshop complex.

In 1983 RRG took on another franchise, Ford, and RRG Swinton was established at Moorside Road, Swinton.

In 1987, a site at Heywood was purchased and developed as a petrol station and another Toyota franchise.

The Nineties

1990 saw the birth of the prestigious Salford Quays dealership - operating a Toyota and Lexus franchise. The official opening ceremony was 19th September 1990.

In 1992, RRG Heywood was moved to another, more prominent site in Rochdale, and RRG Rochdale was formed. The following year the Toyota franchise was transferred from RRG Elton to a dealership 100 yards further into Bury and became RRG Bury. The Elton site re-opened with a Peugeot franchise.

In 1996 Elton Garages Limited was formed, to operate the Peugeot franchise and a completely new dealership was built, alongside the Toyota site, at Edinburgh Way, Rochdale.

On the 20th November 1996 RRG Salford Quays achieved 1,000 Toyota vehicle sales. The first dealership in the UK to achieve this milestone.

In 1997 the Group celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary - coinciding with the iconic Toyota Corolla launch.

In 1998 the site of Trust Motors on Bury New Road Manchester was acquired and transformed into Elton Manchester, the same year the Peugeot site at Huddersfield Road, Oldham was acquired from Lookers plc and transformed into Elton Oldham – the Group’s fourth Peugeot site.

On 1st June 1998 the former Ford dealership in Swinton became a satellite of RRG Salford Quays holding the Toyota franchise.

1998 also saw the opening of RRG Altrincham, taking the Toyota franchise to the Cheshire area.

In 1999 Lexus GB issued new ideas for the network which would involve the separation from Toyota. The RRG Group were awarded the Lexus franchise for Bolton and Manchester.

1999 proved to be a busy year with the workshop at Elton Bury being transferred to the site on the opposite side of the Road (Wellington Mill) to allow Elton Forecourt to be redeveloped.

November 1999 Lexus Bolton opened and the following month Elton Manchester’s new premises were opened on Bury New Road, Manchester.

The Noughties

In November 2000 the ownership of the RRG Group was transferred to The Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese Holding Company. Akira Tanaka was appointed Chairman of the RRG Group, Michael Smyth was appointed the Executive Vice Chairman, Bill Tyldsley became the Vice Chairman of the RRG Group and Tom Brockbank remained the Managing Director of Elton Garages Limited.

29th March 2002 Michael Smyth retired from the company and Bill Tyldsley was appointed Executive Vice Chairman.

In 2002 Elton Oldham moved to a brand new Purpose built site on Spencer Street, Oldham. Official launch date was 22nd May 2002.

In March 2005 Tony Cliff was appointed Toyota Operations Manager based at Head Office. Tony had been with RRG for over 20 years, working his way from Petrol Pump Attendant at 15 to General Manager at Toyota Bolton.

Early 2006 saw a huge development at the Group with the acquisition of 3 Toyota Centres in Stockport, Denton and Macclesfield and a Lexus and Mazda Centre in Stockport.

It was also a big year for RRG Bolton Toyota when it moved to a stunning multi-million pound purpose built site.

In 2008 Mazda Manchester was created. The Peugeot sales operation was relinquished at Manchester and RRG Mazda Manchester was formed.

October 2009 Suzuki franchise obtained. Work to extend showroom at Mazda Stockport to house Suzuki franchise.

The Twenty Tens

April 2010 work started on a new Kia Centre, formerly the Peugeot Bury Centre on Bolton Road.

At the end of 2010 Executive Vice Chairman, Bill Tyldsley, retired from The RRG Group.

In early 2011 RRG opened the third Mazda site - Mazda Rochdale on Kinsgway, Rochdale.

The start of 2012, Arran Bangham, former Finance Director and Tony Cliff, former Operations Director are appointed as Joint Managing Directors.

November 2012 was a big month for the Group with the acquisition of West Riding Motor Group. This resulted in the addition of the Toyota Bradford, Toyota Huddersfield, Toyota Silsden, Lexus Bradford and MG Bradford Centres - the MG centre was subsequently sold on.

January 2013 saw the opening of RRG's first Nissan Centre in Bury, at purpose built premises next to the Toyota dealership.

July 2013 RRG Skoda Rochdale opened – sharing the same site as Mazda Rochdale.

2014 RRG Swinton (Retail) closes and the site becomes a dedicated RRG Group Fleet Centre.

In July 2015 RRG Skoda Rochdale becomes a solus centre with the Mazda business transferring to the Manchester and Stockport Operations.