ClearCourse acquires motor trade software provider Garage Data Systems

London | 15 December 2020 - ClearCourse Partnership LLP (“ClearCourse” or “the Group”), a group of innovative technology companies providing useful, integrated software solutions, has acquired Garage Data Systems (“GDS” or “the Company”). GDS creates and delivers intuitive business software for motor trade professionals across the UK and Ireland. This deal represents the 23rd company acquired by ClearCourse, and the first in the motor industry.

GDS was founded in 2006 to meet a growing demand for affordable and simple garage management software solutions in the motoring industry. It offers a comprehensive suite of services to make life easier for motor trade professionals, including workshop management systems, fleet, stock, and sales management tools, and a commercial vehicle management platform. GDS has also developed a specialised platform for boat management to meet its clients’ evolving needs.

ClearCourse has consistently delivered innovative solutions for its Group companies, and we’re certain they are the right partner to help us do the same for our clients.
Paul SetterfieldManaging Director, Garage Data Systems

From its headquarters in Beverley, Yorkshire, GDS caters to over 1500 clients throughout the UK and Ireland. To date it has installed its systems in more than 2000 garages and workshops across the two countries. By becoming part of the ClearCourse Group, GDS will gain access to a range of new value-added services, including the nascent ClearAccept payments platform. Using the new platform, and associated technologies that ClearCourse has developed within the Group, GDS will be able to offer remote and mobile payments which are in increasing demand due to the global pandemic.

Gerry Gualtieri, CEO of ClearCourse, commented: “I’m very happy to welcome the Garage Data Systems team to the ClearCourse Group. In addition to helping us expand into a new vertical sector, we see numerous opportunities to capitalise on synergies across the Group in GDS. In particular, there is a clear opportunity to build upon the customer experience and provide additional payment options, including online and mobile payments. We look forward to working closely with the team over the coming years.”

Paul Setterfield, MD of Garage Data Systems, said: “I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 16 years as a business. We’ve always striven to deliver market leading products that improve efficiency in our customer’s businesses and deliver a tangible return on investment for them. ClearCourse has consistently delivered innovative solutions for its Group companies, and we’re certain they are the right partner to help us do the same for our clients.”