The RAA is a joint venture company dedicated to negotiating and purchasing goods and services on behalf of its Shareholder Members.

The company is equally owned by its 24 Members, all of which are leading independent Motor Dealer Groups spread across the whole of the UK. The initial concept was developed by 9 of the Member Companies and validated by research undertaken by the Cardiff Business School and the International Car Distribution Programme, before its launch in January 2005.

Although each RAA Member is independent, collectively we are a significant player in the market with a combined turnover of £2.9 billion. This puts the Group 7th in the UK’s top 10 car retailers, giving us considerable purchasing power.

Over the past 15 years, contracts have been negotiated with a wide range of suppliers including:

  • Oil
  • Tyres
  • Vehicle Finance
  • Vehicle Auction and Remarketing
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Number Plates
  • Vehicle Provenance
  • Health Insurance
  • Paint Protection, Refinish Paint and Consumables
  • Utilities including Gas and Electricity.

The savings generated for the Shareholders run into many millions of pounds per annum.

Our Board

The RAA Board is responsible for the overall direction, supervision, and management of the joint venture company. The Board is comprised of some of the sector’s leading executives and entrepreneurs.

  • Paul Knight, RAA Chairman
  • John Matthews, RAA Business Development Director
  • Peter Vosper, Vospers of Plymouth Ltd
  • Brian Gilda, Peoples Ltd
  • David Bussey, Bussey & Sabberton Ltd
  • Stephen Russell, Ringways Motor Group
  • Paul Woodhouse, Sandicliffe Limited
  • Nick Payne, Pye Motors

Ben Automotive Industry Charity

The RAA is proud to support Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents. Ben is focused on delivering care and support to enable total health & wellbeing through working and later life.