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Vardis Proud To Support Livingbridge & Superbike Factory in Appointing Laurence Vaughan as Chairman


Superbike Factory has appointed Laurence Vaughan as Chairman.

Laurence began his career with PwC in audit and consulting. In 1993 he joined Sytner where as CEO he led the team that grew the company from a single BMW dealership in Nottingham to a luxury car group with around £1bn revenues by 1997 when it listed on the London Stock Exchange. Sytner was bought by US-based Penske Group in 2002 and Laurence joined the main board before becoming Sytner’s non-executive Chairman and founding Opus Ventures. Today Sytner has more than 140 prestige dealerships around the UK, including Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche and Rolls Royce. It has revenues in excess of £3bn and is the UK’s most profitable car dealership group.

In 2006 Laurence was appointed Chairman of Alchemy-backed Civica plc, which he helped float on AIM. He stepped down in  2008 following Civica’s acquisition by 3i plc and their decision to delist the business. Laurence is also Chairman of r2c Online Ltd, a Catapult portfolio company specialising in compliance and invoicing systems for truck, coach and haulage operators. In 2015 Laurence was appointed Chairman of Idox plc. Laurence was also Executive Chairman of Anglian Home Improvements from 2013 to 2015.

Laurence holds a BA from Durham University and is a chartered accountant. 

SuperBike Factory  was founded in 2010 as a digital-first business which combines retail and sourcing online with a physical showroom operation in Macclesfield, Cheshire. It has grown to become the UK's largest independent supplier of used motorcycles. Superbike offers an extensive range of financing offers for its customers through its Superbikeloans.co.uk business, the UK’s leading finance broker in the motorcycle market.

Livingbridge is a mid-market private equity firm of over 80 people in the UK and Australia. They invest anywhere from £2 million to £70 million in fast-growing companies. Investments range from MORI to mortgage advice, network operators to noodle restaurants and fertility clinics to Fat Face,  investing in over 100 businesses.


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