Keen motor enthusiasts, Howard and Chas met in 1975 whilst they were students. After college, Howard pursued a career in sales and Chas went into engineering. In 1984 the pair decided to follow their shared passion and embark on a new business venture in the motor industry selling automotive parts. Chester Exhaust Supplies (CES) was conceived in 1984 and quickly started to gain momentum.
In 1992 Howard and Chas were introduced to FPC at a seminar hosted by the company in Liverpool and at the tender age of 40 they decided the time was right to start to plan for their ultimate financial security.
By 2012 when Howard and Chas sold a majority stake in their business, the company’s turnover had grown to £50 million and they had a team of over 500 staff based at 20 sites. It has continued to flourish as part of The UK Parts Alliance.