South Wales-based mobility dealer, Bush Healthcare, which operates 10 stores between Newport and Swansea, will soon be opening its first showrooms in England.
The company, which until now has operated solely in the South East corner of Wales, plans to open sites just over the border in Hereford and Bristol.
The move is part of Bush Healthcare’s strategy for “comfortable” expansion which also includes opening a new specialist hearing department at its Abergavenny store, with its others potentially following suit.
Martin Bush, founder of Bush Healthcare, which was one of the first mobility dealers to operate on the high street, said that the company is always looking to expand, “but only if it’s comfortable for us.”
He told AMP that opening up an entirely new concept in today’s market is not quite as easy as it used to be and questioned whether a ‘one-man-band’ would be able to survive and be successful.
Bush believes businesses have got to be a certain size to be able to get the costs and buying right. But he admits that he would like to see more independents than big groups because “the end-user will get a better service”.
“I think it would be nearly impossible to set up now as a one-man-band. It’s impossible to sell it cheaper than the online guys, who can sell cheaper than even we can get it for, and give free delivery.
“But the good guys; TGA, Roma, Van Os, wouldn’t stock a shop next door to us, they’re pretty honourable and that’s how it should be.
“I think that by the end of this year there will be a number of big mobility companies gone to the wall. Absolutely no doubt.”
Bush Healthcare currently has around 50 staff and a fleet of 30 vehicles. It has showrooms in Aberdare, Abergavenny, Blackwood, Bridgend, Cwmbrân, Neath, Newport, Pontypridd, Porthcawl and Swansea.