About Us

Originally founded as a single unit at Darcy Lever in Bolton, PPS Commercials has grown tremendously over the decades, and has built up a reputation for manufacturing well-engineered, durable and reliable products. In the very early days, our directors Gary Amos and Steven Whitworth worked as bodybuilders until 1987, when they decided to take on the challenge of opening their very own body shop after spotting a huge gap in the industry.


  • 1987

    Darcy Lever, Bolton
    Premises 4,000ft2
    Output – 200 vehicles

  • 1996 – 1999

    Acquired and merged B Ledwiths
    Moved to Cemetary Road, Radcliffe
    Premises 32,000ft2
    Output 350 vehicles

    1996 – 1999
  • 2012

    Moved to Pilsworth Industrial Estate, Bury
    Premises 80,000ft2
    Output 1,200 vehicles

  • 2013

    Partnered with Mercedes Benz
    Launched Aftersales Services

  • 2018

    Partnered with Ford

  • 2020

    Employ 100+ staff
    Output 2,000+ vehicles
    National aftersales coverage


With over 30 years of experience in commercial vehicle bodybuilding, the original PPS Commercials team was made up of around 10 people and we were building standard bodies for a handful of new customers.

In 1992 they moved to a larger site on Cemetery Road in Radcliffe where their numbers grew to more than 50. Once they made this new base their home, they were able to acquire more customers and concentrate on developing more bespoke bodies engineered with innovative new products, like the PPS ‘Sidewalk System’.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. In 2008, PPS opened their own in-house Auto Electrical Division in order to cut down on the use of subcontractors and to offer van conversions and all electrical services under the same roof. That very same year saw the development of PPS’ own commercial truck parts department which opened to existing customers and the general public.

With no signs of slowing down, PPS moved to new premises – their current site in Bury – in March 2012. This new site boasts a 65,000 square foot body shop with a whopping seven acres of land for vehicle storage. They were also able to launch their own national Mobile Service Division which services the whole of the UK and Ireland taking care of any warranty or aftersales issues, repairs, modifications, and independent vehicles checks.

The team is currently made up of around 90 people – but that number is due to rise! – as the workload continues to increase with new development plans in motion including the broadening of the customer base, growing product lines and evolving geographical areas into which PPS products are sold.

PPS Commercials prides themselves on offering exceptional customer service; this has been a staple since the beginning all those years ago. PPS acknowledges that bodywork built to a standard design doesn’t suit the requirements of everyone, so each body that leaves the PPS factory has been designed and built to meet the exact needs of the customer.

Please take a look around the site to find out more about the services and examples of custom bodies, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.


Virtual Tour

Here at PPS Commercials, we’re really proud of where we work. Not only do we believe we have the best people in the industry, but we also have one of the best sites and incredible facilities that allow us to give you the best possible service.
See for yourself, and watch our virtual tour below!

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