The company has come a long way since it was founded by James Taggart and his friend Robert McMillan in 1896. From its early days as a cycle shop in Motherwell, the company has grown to become one of the most important dealerships in Scotland and one of the most progressive.
In 1970, the company represented one brand; Austin Rover, with outlets in Motherwell, East Kilbride, Airdrie and Carluke. Throughout the seventies, the company went through a period of growth and expansion which resulted in the acquisition of nine Austin Rover dealerships.
By 1986, Taggarts started to expand the product range and opened a new Fiat dealership in Stepps, shortly followed by a new Jaguar dealership in Maryhill Road, Glasgow. Land Rover soon joined the ever-growing product range.
In 1991, when the country entered into a recession, the company had to downsize its' operation and closed dealerships in Fife, Falkirk, Stepps and Milngavie. This re-alignment left Taggarts with two main sites: Glasgow - with Jaguar and Land Rover and Motherwell representing Austin Rover, Jaguar and Land Rover. After the recession, the Motherwell dealership was re-built with the addition of a new Renault franchise. In 2011 Mazda replaced the Renault franchise and in 2003, when Rover started to decline, Hyundai came in to share its' showroom and eventually took over when Rover production ceased. Volvo then joined the group following a takeover and joined both dealerships in Glasgow and Motherwell.
In February 2003 Taggarts was acquired by Lookers plc, one of the UK's leading motor retail and distribution groups for new cars used cars and motorcyles. This acquisition took Lookers into Scotland for the first time and confirmed the Lookers Group as the largest retailer of Jaguar and Land Rover in the Premier Automotive Group's northern region.
In 2009 Peugeot joined the Motherwell dealership and in July 2011 Nissan replaced the Mazda franchise in Motherwell.
Today, the company has gone from strength to strength offering a diverse range of quality brands in state-of-the-art showrooms in Glasgow and Motherwell covering the franchises of Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Nissan, Hyundai and Peugeot along with a group bodyshop and parts wholesaling business.
WHY CHOOSE TAGGARTS?
At Taggarts we really do believe in 'Customers for Life'
We want to be there, meeting your changing motoring needs, at every stage of your life. From the purchase of your first car, to an executive saloon upgrade after a promotion to eventually acquiring an MPV when a family comes along.
At Taggarts we don't just sell and lease vehicles but we also help you maintain them. Our dealerships offer a full range of aftersales provisions including fully stocked parts departments, vehicle servicing, MOT and accident repair facilities.
At Taggarts our staff are fully dedicated, trained and experienced in their fields. They work hard and are committed to serving our customers and providing a service which we believe is better than anyone else can offer. And we never stop looking at how we can do things better and go that extra mile for our customers.
WHY WORK FOR TAGGARTS?
As one of Scotland's leading motor retail businesses Taggarts is recognised for our outstanding business performance. Our successful business has been built on the hard work, commitment and contribution of all our employees.
AT TAGGARTS WE;
Have a dedicated and specialised training department. The company strongly believes in staff development and we nurture and provide our employees with opportunities for further training and career development.
Celebrate and encourage success at all levels with our annual Guild of Excellence Awards which rewards achievement
Share company strategy and welcome suggestions and ideas from within the business via the annual Conference.
Value our people, their ideas and opinions
Are a successful company with great record on recent profit and growth.