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The Donalds Garage Group is one of East Anglia’s longest servicing car dealerships with four locations and eight franchises throughout the region, representing three Mazda sites, Volvo, Kia and MG dealerships. We are part of the Central Garage Group of Companies, a group of franchised and non-franchised dealerships who sell and maintain cars and motorbikes. In 2021 Central Garage Group works with 12 franchises in 5 locations with 8 limited companies. The group is privately owned by the Hamblin family, which was originally founded by Bob Stanley Hamblin post WW2. Their Uppingham site is the original dealership Bob left to his son Peter, who then went on to grow the company over the decades changing the automotive focus from haulage to cars and motorbikes. Peter’s daughter Sam joined the company in the late 1990s and took over the reins in 2015.

‘Donalds Garage’ was originally formed by Noel John Charles Donald during the 30’s. Gradually establishing itself and growing in Peterborough over two decades, the limited company was registered on 18th August 1950. Peter Hamblin bought the business in the 60’s, and the Peterborough branch remains the original site of the Donalds Garage Group today. Over the years we have seen many brands fill the showroom floor, as was normal for the motor trade in those days, with Austin, Slinger, Hyundai and Datsun throughout the 60’s and 70’s and Daihatsu, Subaru and Alfa Romeo in more recent decades. In December 1980 Donalds joined the Mazda franchise family in Peterborough and in 2019 also welcomed MG to Peterborough.

The Donalds Garage Group grew after Peter Hamblin acquired two further dealerships in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds in 2004.  In 2020 Donalds Group will have been working with the Mazda franchise for over 40 years and are very proud to be one of the longest-serving dealership groups in their network, currently totalling 3 Mazda dealerships.

The Volvo franchise was added alongside Mazda at the Ipswich site on West End Road in 2009 and the two franchises soon outgrew their premises. In November 2016 Sam Hamblin took the opportunity to buy some land in the new Futura Park development in the town and the Donalds team went on to develop and open two state-of-the-art flagship showrooms, which opened in the summer of 2018.

Donalds Volvo has thrice been named Volvo Regional Dealer of the year and in 2020 Donalds Ipswich beat off nationwide competition to be named ‘Mazda Dealer of the Year’ after finishing 1st in the dealer league – marking the Ipswich branch as the best performing Mazda dealership in the country.

Many of the people working within Donalds Garage Group have dedicated their motor trade career to the group and their hard work and determination has contributed to the Group’s success and longevity over the years. We are confident to say that when you visit a Donalds Garage dealership you will receive a friendly and professional service that you can rely on year after year.

Our People

All Staff
Peterborough Team
Ipswich Team
Bury St Edmunds Team

Jason Symak

General Manager

Mazda

Jordan Noble

Jordan Noble

Sales Manager

Mazda

Melvin Paul

Sales Executive

Mazda

Aidan Sutton

Sales Executive

Mazda

Mark Love

MG Sales Manager

MG

Sam Coulter

Sales Executive

MG

Paul Reade

Senior Service Advisor

Mazda

David Smith

Service advisor

Mazda

Coming soon

Michelle Whiting

Parts & Warranty Advisor

Mazda

Simon Renshaw

Service Driver

Mazda

Pete Young

Technician

Mazda

Harry Veal-Gray

Technician

Mazda

Adrian Belham

Parts Advisor

Mazda

Carl Evans

Valeter

Mazda

Simon Hicks

Valeter

Mazda

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

MOT Tester & Technician

Mazda

Stephen Peck

Technician

Mazda

Reece Moradkhan

Sales Executive

Mazda

Dan Le Cocq

General Manager

Mazda,Volvo

Simon Gibson

Aftersales Manager

Mazda,Volvo

Rob Fulford

Volvo Sales Manager

Volvo

Joseph Peck

Volvo Sales Executive

Volvo

Aaron Marsh

Volvo Sales Executive

Volvo

Mark Wilkin

Volvo Sales Executive

Volvo

Gemma Bailey

Volvo Showroom Host

Volvo

Benjamin Grant

Group Marketing Manager

Mazda,Kia,Volvo,MG

Luke Hartgrove

Mazda Brand Manager

Mazda

Carl Davey

Mazda Sales Executive

Mazda

Alfie Barnes

Mazda Sales Executive

Mazda

Richard Moss

Service Supervisor

Mazda

Richard Milldown

Service Advisor

Mazda

James Grimstead

Service Supervisor

Mazda

Phil Downing

Parts Advisor

Mazda

Nicola Turner

Service Advisor

Volvo

Sam Morton

Parts Supervisor

Volvo

Gavin Elliott

Warranty Administrator

Mazda,Volvo

Scott Relph

Senior Service Advisor

Volvo

Phil Holland

Volvo Master Technician

Volvo

Chris Magnus

Volvo Technician

Volvo

Cameron Moore

Volvo Technician

Volvo

Steve David

Workshop Controller

Mazda

Chris Upson

Mazda Technician

Mazda

Steve Hyam

Technician

Mazda

Toby Curtis

Apprentice Technician

Mazda

Callum Crack

Apprentice Technician

Mazda

Michael Holmes

Valeter

Mazda,Volvo

Steve Brame

Driver/Valeter

Mazda,Volvo

James Morris

General Manager

Mazda,Kia

Mike Coe

Mazda Brand Manager

Mazda

Paul Rae

Sales Executive

Mazda

Callum Green

Sales Executive

Mazda

Simon Brown

Sales Executive

Kia

Samuel Pass

Sales Executive

Kia

Shaun Butler

Aftersales Manager

Mazda,Kia

Hannah Blakesley

Service Advisor

Mazda,Kia

Hayley Blomfield

Service Advisor

Mazda,Kia

Mark Goddard

Parts Advisor

Mazda,Kia

David Austin

Parts Advisor

Mazda,Kia

Coming soon

Jordan Brega

Master Kia Technician

Kia

Josh Moss

Technician

Mazda,Kia

Brad Fairbrother

Technician

Mazda,Kia

Sam Johnson-Field

Apprentice Technician

Mazda,Kia

Steven Taylor

Valeter

Mazda,Kia

Adam Pepper

Technician

Jason Symak

General Manager

Mark Love

MG Sales Manager

MG

Sam Coulter

Sales Executive

MG

Chris Webb

Sales Manager

Reece Moradkhan

Sales Executive

Sami Richards

Service Advisor

Glyn Flatters

Service Advisor

Tom Church

Tom Church

Service Advisor

Simon Jibb

Simon Jibb

Valeter

Stephen Peck

Technician

Gordon Humphreyes

Gordon Humphryes

Maintenance Technician

John Wotherspoon

Forecourt Detailer

Donalds Garage Limited, Donalds Garage (Ipswich) Limited and Donalds Garage (Bury St Edmunds) Limited is an appointed representative of ITC Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (their registration number is 313486). Permitted activities include advising on and arranging general insurance contracts and acting as a credit broker not a lender. We can introduce you to a limited number of finance providers and may receive a commission from them for the introduction. Terms and Conditions Apply. All finance applications are subject to status, UK residents only, 18s or over, Guarantees may be required.

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The Donalds Group

Registered Office: Regent House, 80 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7NH
Company No:485488 Donald’s Garage Limited
Company No:5084975 Donalds Garage (Ipswich) Limited
Company No:5134645 Donalds Garage (Bury St Edmunds) Limited
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