October 2013

CM Specialist Vehicle Division

£30,000 has been invested into the marketing of this division to develop a brand that identifies CM Specialist Vehicle Division as a market leading supplier to the emergency service sector.


November 2013-Present

New Group websites

To replicate the operational standards of our business, the Coleman Milne and CM Specialist Vehicle Division sites have been redeveloped to the value of £20,000 to offer our customers an improved online experience. Mellor and Woodall Nicholson website redevelopments are scheduled for 2015.


February 2014

Head Office Reception Refurb

The reception area of our Bolton head office and all customer facing areas of the business have been upgraded with a £50,000 investment to improve the customer experience at front of house.


July 2014

Acquisition of Bluebird Vehicles

The acquisition of the IP and manufacturing assets of Bluebird Vehicles was an opportunity to integrate the range of Bluebird products into the Mellor portfolio to further enhance our market leading position of the division.


August 2014

Workshop Flow Line Investment

An investment in the region of £100,000 in the reconfiguration of the production facilities to a flow line process across both Coleman Milne and Mellor have significantly improved efficiency and productivity.


September 2014

Ongoing Workshop Investment

The introduction of the flow line reconfiguration at both sites led to further ongoing investments of up to £180,000 in the paint department, body shop, heating system and lighting.


September 2014

AES (Manchester) Acquisition

The acquisition of the IP and manufacturing assets of local competitor Auto Electrical Service (Manchester) Ltd, further strengthens the CM Specialist Vehicle’s range of market leading vehicle conversions to supply robust electrical component integration services to fleets across the country.


November 2014

Complete refurbishment of all staff areas

We made a commitment to ensure the best possible working environment for our team, by investing £20,000 in the office environment


December 2014

Ongoing Warranty Investment

A new fleet of customer support vehicles and new dedicated field service technician has so far provided on site fixes for over 50% of warranty claims after significant investment of £75,000.


June 2015

New Coleman Milne Product Investment

The new range of ceremonial vehicles will compliment and expand the existing range of Coleman Milne products. The £1.5 million investment encourages vehicle development processes in line with other OEM’s from CAD as opposed to reverse engineered.


June 2015

Internal Systems

To streamline in-house procedures and improve lines of communication, Woodall Nicholson are investing around £75,000 into an ongoing strategy to implement new systems across the business.



Investing in our team

We have increased personnel in sales, marketing, accounts, purchasing and production by 20% to date and we expect a further increase in 2015.


August 2015

Investment in on-site parking and security at Head Office

The organic growth of the company has inevitably limited the space on site for vehicle storage and staff parking. As a result, the site layout, security and parking have been reviewed and a project has been outlined with an expected investment of £60,000.


The Future

Mellor Electric Vehicles

A £500,00 investment in 2015 saw the development of the first Electric Vehicle from Mellor; the Orion E Launched in the UK at the CV Show and in Europe at Busworld, the Orion E will make our accessible coachbuilt solutions available to city center transport operators who are subject to restrictions on emissions and congestion charges.


The Future

Export Project

Woodall Nicholson invested in the region of £300,000 in a research project to identify opportunities overseas, this has brought about the signup of three distributors; Evade based in Germany, Ebus in Holland and BK Invest from Sweden.


The Future

Villmount Acquisition

The acquisition of Villmount Limited, holding company for Treka Bus, brings another specialist British vehicle manufacturer under the wing of Woodall Nicholson.


The Future

£1m investment in Mellor production facility

The site is immediately adjacent to Mellor’s existing Miall Street factory and has now been transformed into one expanded premises, which has given Mellor an additional 15,000 sq ft, effectively doubling the size of the site allowing for increased output for up to 500 vehicles per annum.