At the age of 34 in 1970, Colin eventually took the plunge and started his own one-man business.
The rest, as they say, is history. Colin Appleyard Limited first opened in modest premises in the town of Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1971. The original premises were quickly outgrown and in 1975 the company moved into a large town centre property of 12,000 square feet.
Following considerable refurbishment, the new premises in Worth Way were rightly described as the biggest and best in the North of England. One year later the Chief Executive of Honda UK and industry icon, Eric Sulley performed the opening ceremony of the first Honda Five Star Service Centre in this part of the country.
It was in 1979 that Colin Appleyard, then selling motorcycles in Keighley, West Yorkshire, first heard of plans by Suzuki to start importing cars. Thus Colin Appleyard Cars became the first Suzuki car retailer in the UK and still, we remain the UK's No. 1 Suzuki dealer.