Former footballer's flash cars can be yours... as city dealership expands

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Apr 2018

A former Hull City footballer is accelerating the growth of his multi-million pound car business, serving international sporting stars and celebrities from larger premises.

Joe Lamplough, 28, is taking the next steps in his business career by steering the expansion of his firm, ProSportsCars, based in Cleveland Street, east Hull.

The company has moved into expanded premises at the last available space at Hull’s Waterloo Trade Park.

Mr Lamplough said: “Expansion was certainly always on the horizon and now, with 14 members of the team, we are serving a growing number of clients from all over the country.

“Of course, my dream had always been a career in football, but things change and you cannot look back – instead you drive forward, and that is what we are doing here."

The firm initially moved into Unit Three only 18 months ago but positive business growth meant the firm needed another premises in the area.

A youth and reserve team player for Hull City who unfortunately at the age of 20, was unlucky with injuries, he recovered and spent time playing abroad in Australia and also at the Glen Hoddle Academy in Spain.

He also played for lower league clubs back in England, before deciding to channel all his efforts into his new business venture. 

His partner Lauren was expecting their first child and he says the time was right to move his career in a different direction.

Parents Debra and Paul are an integral part of the business, and with connections in the sporting world, he looked to build a client base that was seeking luxury and quality vehicles – often buying cars to an exact specification.

Using social media and the internet to the firm’s advantage, the firm is able to communicate with contacts, source cars and deliver to clients the length of Britain.

“Yes, we are in Hull and it would surprise many people if they knew the standard of the cars we source and the customers we serve here – International cricket players, top flight footballers and soap stars, they all come to us,” said Mr Lamplough, who has taken on his first apprentice as the business expands.

“With a base here, it means we are extremely competitive when compared to garages in London and the south, and with social media and the internet, you can be based here, using our own reliable drivers to deliver the cars.

“We are confident in our ability to serve our market well, with a fantastic team of people here, we are able to deliver.”

The firm initially moved into Unit Three only 18 months ago but positive business growth meant the firm needed another premises in the area.

Nick Coultish of Scotts let the unit, on behalf of the landlord, with ProSportsCars following Stevensood, a conservatory, window and door trade specialist filling the development.

Mr Coultish said: “As a firm we are proud to have assisted the landlord in redeveloping the site, to provide two fully refurbished units and one new build industrial unit. We have seen the project through from start to finish and securing such a positive result is extremely satisfying.

“We at Scotts are pleased to have assisted both ProSportsCars and Stevenswood in securing new modern premises.

“Witnessing the growth of Joe’s business has been tremendous and we are delighted that he has chosen to remain here and expand in an area of the city, which is now emerging as a hub for commercial enterprise. We wish both him and all the businesses here every success.”

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