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About Press Commercial Bodyworks

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  • Established in 1970 by Martin Warren & Richard Birch who had both served an apprenticeship in the industry


  • Located in Bedminster Down, Bristol from premises that were rented from “Mrs Press” – hence the name.  The original business name was Press Autobodies


  • Mrs Press was forced to sale the premises so the business had to relocate; at which time Richard Birch decided not to continue


  • Martin Warren continued the success of the business at new premises on Novers Hill Trading Estate, Bedminster and within 8 years expanded to an additional unit at a nearby trading estate and a further unit close by in Ashton.  During this time we saw the business’ identity change to Press Car & Commercial Bodyworks, but the iconic                branding remains virtually untouched to this day


  • To consolidate, the business was finally re-located in 1988 to Avonmouth where over the following 15 years expanded into the entire site it now occupies; 4 acres including a vast 47,000 sq ft workshops


  • Martin’s daughter Emma joined in 1990, followed by Dean in 1991 having completed an apprenticeship in the industry


  • Martin semi-retired from the business in 2002 to enjoy travelling with his wife Lin, and fully retired in 2008


  • Son Dean, and daughter Emma who had steered and driven the business from 2000 were reluctant to see their father sell the business to a third party, so took the plunge and purchased the business in Spring of 2008 –allowing Martin to enjoy a young, long and well deserved retirement. 


  • Dean and Emma still remain the driving force of the business - in what is a very different industry now!  The business branding remaining entirely the same, supported by a fully committed, and passionate management team, and highly skilled workforce all in-tact – the only minor alteration was the company name; Press Commercial Bodyworks Ltd


          Looking ahead ….         


          Dean & Emma’s priority is to continue to consolidate, develop and improve our business ethos to maintain our current              position in the marketplace, continuing  to be innovative and state of the art in all the services we provide.

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