Family tyre firm expands

A family-run tyre operation in Lancaster has expanded with the acquisition of a second site.

Meg and Steve Marshall, who launched their first Hi-Q franchise in 2012, have purchased Lime Tree Garage in Halton.

The site rebranded as Hi-Q brand and offers an expanded range of services, including MOTs and tyre fitting. The move also creates two new jobs with the possibility of more as the operation grows.

Steve said: "Lime Tree Garage already has an excellent reputation across Halton, and we wanted to build on this success by offering a range of new services and making our opening times more flexible for customers."

Meg and Steve had support from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

"Launching a franchise can be a complex process, but the team at Lloyds Bank were always on hand to provide specialist support throughout the process."

Will Macdonald, relationship manager for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: "Meg and Stephen have wanted to own a second garage for a number of years, so when Lime Tree Garage became available we provided the help they needed to secure it quickly." "The garage is already a vital part of the local economy. Expanding the business will create more opportunities for people living in the area."