Who are Axle Group Holdings Limited?

Founded in 2001, Axle Group Holdings Ltd incorporates National Tyres, National Fleet, Viking Wholesale Tyres and Tyre Shopper, and provides products and services to Retail consumers, Fleet companies and Trade Channels.

National Tyres and Autocare 

National Tyres and Autocare is the largest independent fast fit specialist in the UK.  Our highly trained technicians are specialists in vehicle parts replacement comprising of tyres, exhausts, brakes, batteries, MOT testing and vehicle safety inspections.  With a comprehensive branch network and extensive branded product ranges, National are a well-established and successful brand operating throughout the UK.

Website:  https://www.national.co.uk
Telephone number: 0800 62 66 66

National Fleet

National Fleet offers bespoke high quality fast fit solutions for the business sector with a 24/7/365 contact centre.

As well as the National Tyres and Autocare branch network, National Fleet offers an independent network of dealers offering a variety of services to help fleet companies manage their fleets more effectively.

Website:  http://www.national-fleet.co.uk
Telephone number: 0800 70 80 70

Viking Wholesale Tyres

Viking Wholesale Tyres is the UK’s largest independent tyre wholesaler, operating from nine strategically positioned warehouses throughout the UK.

Website:  https://www.viking.co.uk
Telephone number: 0845 205 55 16

Tyre Shopper

Tyre Shopper caters for the increasing trend of online shoppers who seek top brand quality tyres at highly competitive prices.  This online sales channel utilises National Tyres and Autocare branches for the tyre fitments as well as accessing their fleet of mobile vans.

Website:  https://www.tyre-shopper.co.uk
Telephone number: 0800 731 0133


Meet The Board

Alan Revie – Chairman

Alan Revie – Chairman

Having started his career as a tyre fitter at National Tyres and Autocare in Hamilton, Alan quickly advanced to branch Manager by the age of 19.  Over the following few years, working for various companies, Alan worked throughout the Retail and Wholesale sector at all levels; Regional and Divisional levels before becoming Managing Director of Birkenshaw International, now Viking wholesale Tyres, by the age of 33.

Returning to National Tyres and Autocare in 2001 as Chief Executive Officer, Alan very quickly offered to purchase the then loss-making company from Continental and the sale was completed later the same year. The purchase included Viking International, Birkenshaw Distributors Ltd and Channel Island Tyres.

Since the Company was taken into private ownership, it has been transformed into a market leading tyre and automotive Retailer, plus servicing the Fleet industry.  Alan now sits at the head of the Board as Chairman of the Group.

John Caldwell – Partner

John joined the Automotive industry in 1980 as Business Development Manager for GP Automotive. After progressing to the role of Regional Sales Manager for Scotland, John sold to the motor trade, specifically the rapid growing fast-fit market, of which his clients included Smiley Tyres and Exhausts (now NTA).

John Caldwell – Partner

John went on to join Smiley Tyres and Exhausts in 1984 and, having undertaken training at Battle Place, became Branch Manager at the new Ayr branch on Pebbles St.  The following year, he was appointed Group Manager (a new position) overseeing Kilmarnock and Greenock and in 1987 was made Regional Manager for the West of Scotland.

John joined Smiley Group’s wholesale division, Birkenshaw International (now Viking Wholesale Tyres) in 1992 as Sales Manager.  At this time, they had warehouses only in Glasgow and Preston.  In 1994 John was appointed Sales Director of Birkenshaw International, to establish a sales force across the expanding wholesale network as new warehouses were opened across the UK, and both internal/external sales teams were developed. Birkenshaw International took over Viking Express and warehouses in Liverpool, Desborough and Tonbridge in 2000, and the company was renamed Viking International.

In 2001 John was invited by Alan Revie to become one of the partners of Axle Group Holdings Limited.

John Taylor – Partner

After graduating with a degree in History from Lancaster University, John joined Unilever’s Graduate training scheme before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1987. Since then, John has held various senior financial management posts, both UK and international, at the likes of BP, Inchcape and Granada.

John Taylor – Partner

John became Financial Director at National Tyres in 2000 and in 2001 was part of the team that purchased the company from Continental Tyres as part of Axle Group Holdings. 

Since then, as a member of the Group Board, John has proudly helped develop Axle Group Holdings into the leading UK tyre retail and wholesale company it has become. His objective is to use his skills and experience, along with his Axle colleagues, to ensure that according to our Customers we are the undisputed best in our field.

Registered Address: 26-32 Millbrae Road, Glasgow, G42 9TU Telephone number: 0141 632 3222 VAT Registration Number: 785413019

Axle Group Holdings Limited is a company incorporated in Scotland under company number: SC240346