Southdown’s dealership becomes Chartwell

West Sussex dealership and operator to split in September, but business as usual before and after, says MD

Steve Swain will run the Chartwell sales business after the businesses split

Copthorne, West Sussex-based Southdown PSV has announced that its dealership and operating arms will be split from 1 September.

As part of the change, the bus sales undertaking will trade as Chartwell Bus and Coach Sales. It will be headed by current Southdown PSV Managing Director Steve Swain, who will resign from his existing position from the date of the change to focus on Chartwell.

Mr Swain says that while the contact number will remain the same, he will no longer be involved with the operating arm – which will continue to be known as Southdown PSV – as he shifts all of his attention back to sales.

“The driving force behind this change is that while I have always handled sales for Southdown PSV, I want to take a back seat to other parts of the business. As MD it is not easy to do that, hence my decision to resign and concentrate on Chartwell.

“My industry background is in sales, and this change will allow me to continue doing what I love, which is buying and selling buses and coaches.

“Southdown PSV has grown continually since we established it in 2002 and now has 60 staff. Peter Larking, who was also a founding Director of the business, and Operations Director Gary Wood will remain with Southdown, while Operations Manager Steve Wallis will step up to become Managing Director.”

Mr Swain stresses that it remains business as usual for operators who currently work with Southdown PSV in its dealership capacity, both before and after the transition to Chartwell.

“We have some very loyal customers, and I will continue to deal with them on the same basis as before. Stock vehicles will remain at the Copthorne premises and I will be delighted to meet customers there to view them.”