More than just a supplier
From left to right; Lyndon Smith (Company Secretary) Matthew Alaoui (Manager) Sue Harford (Senior Driver) Alex Webb (assistant manager) Gary Bennett (Business Development Manager)
Thirty years ago on the 1/03/1990 Lyndon Smith opened his business LDS Motor factors in Main street, Barry, as the business grew they moved to a larger premises on Cardiff road. After having a very successful run over the years Lyndon had the opportunity to sell the business to alliance automotive (nation wide company) in 2017, it was a great offer, one that wouldn’t be presented again. The sale was agreed although he was concerned about his staff members, he was assured that all staff would keep their positions in the company which put Lyndon’s mind at rest.
Matthew Alaoui the former Business development manager at LDS could see a gap in the market for another independent motor factor in the town, he decided to approach Lyndon to get some advice about starting his own business. After numerous attempts of raising the funds with banks and start up loans Matthew felt that he was not getting anywhere, which is when Lyndon proposed the idea of a partnership and to invest in Matthew's business plan. This was the perfect opportunity for both and they started to plan the future of the new independent factors to open in Barry which would be named LMF Motor factors.
What makes a business successful is the staff you employ so Matthew needed to get the best team on board. He advertised for parts advisors and delivery drivers on indeed and was pleasantly surprised with the level of interest and with certain applicants. Alex Webb had also worked for Lyndon for many years like Matthew and was interested in sharing the journey with them, he is now the parts advisors at LMF and share holder in the company. Other former colleagues showed interest in the positions available, Gary Bennett, Sue Harford, Jeanette Tuttsell which are all very loyal employees who worked for Lyndon for over 20 years and wanted to join the team, along with Matthew’s Uncle Micky Marsh.
LMF Motor Factors opened on the 9th March 2020 in Main street, Barry and the team are looking forward to the year ahead of them. There are three delivery drivers which cover the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth, they deliver free of charge to all their customers whatever the part. LMF have a vast range of stock from vehicle accessories to brakes, clutches, service items and many more. LMF Motor Factors pride themselves on providing excellent customer service and after sales.
Matthew is extremely greatful for the opportunity Lyndon has given him and feels very lucky to have such a supportive partner. They are both positive and excited for the future of LMF and to be back to doing what they are passionate about.
Our team consists of the highest standards, including over 50 years combined experience in the parts industry. From our drivers to our sales advisors and Management .
We deliver free of charge to our TRADE customers all over the Vale of Glamorgan inc Penarth.
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