Meet the family

Welcome to our meet the family page.  Family values are really important to us and all of our team are treated like they are indeed one of the family.  Don't take our word for it - see for yourself and have a look at our "We are D.M.Keith" video to tell you more and introduce you to Team Tartan: 

 

65 years of family history: a timeline

1946-1976:

From humble beginnings

Duncan Keith - Angus and Dougal’s father - started the company immediately after WW2 doing servicing and repairs. But his technical skill and business acumen meant that business blossomed and in 1972 he started selling Russianbuilt Moskvich cars, and then Lada. But in 1976 he switched to Czech-built ŠKODA (a wise move!) which has remained the cornerstone of the company's operations ever since.

Boys and their toys...

The lads were always daft about cars; here they are with their first garage which was cheap to build, but didn’t last long in Yorkshire rain! And there’s Angus grinning away in the muckiest mechanic’s overalls imaginable, and Dougal proudly showing off his Clubmans race car. That was just before he blew the engine up and replaced it with one from an Escort van…

1977-1999:

The new generation

In the early 80’s Dougal and Angus joined the company and father Duncan gradually handed responsibility to the next generation. By the time Volkswagen acquired ŠKODA in 1991 it was clear to the family that the future of ŠKODA would be very different and they decided to invest in the site at Thwaite Gate. ŠKODA was still a small brand and many thought they’d over-extended themselves, but the Keiths reckon that when somebody says it can’t be done, you have to prove them wrong!

2000:

Onwards and upwards

Since the millennium, D. M. Keith has gone from strength to strength with the Group expanding its branches with state-of-the-art showrooms in Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull and York (where we also have our SEAT franchise). And ŠKODA of course has seen its UK sales boom with countless Car of the Year Awards and the addition of many exciting new models such as Yeti, Superb and now its first large SUV, the Kodiaq.

D. M. Keith is now the largest family owned ŠKODA retailer group in the UK with a string of awards such as ŠKODA Retailer of the Year.

We think it’s been achieved by our family-orientated customer care and service, but it’s not all about work: we also support good local causes like the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Castleford Tigers Rugby League and the Otley Grand Prix cycle races. We played a major role supplying support vehicles for the 2014 Tour De France, Grand Depart (ŠKODA was the official partner) and Dougal Keith proudly presented the winning jersey on Stage 2, York-Sheffield.

2016:

More fresh faces!

We’re a family business built on a strong work ethos so it’s hardly surprising what the next generation of Keiths are doing in their school holidays. Here’s Dougal’s daughter Laura (dark hair) getting a lesson in selling cars to business users from the Corporate team’s Aimee, and Angus showing his son Bradley how to keep a battery topped up!

A familiar face...

And here’s a face that’s become familiar at D. M. Keith in the last year or so: our very own Yeti, who’s become a bit of a family mascot, helping at events and doing the occasional handover. One might say the best is Yeti to come…

Did you know?

It all ‘Ties’ in!

Every member of the D. M. Keith team proudly wears a Clan Keith tartan tie or scarf - also known as #TeamTartan.

The Keiths are descended from one of the most powerful of the Scottish Celtic families which held the hereditary office of Great Marischall (or Marshall) of Scotland from the 12th century onwards. The Great Marischall of 1305 was one of Edward I’s four Wardens of Scotland, but at Christmas, 1308, he swapped sides and joined Robert The Bruce to command the cavalry at Bannockburn. Fortunately they won, so he was rewarded by the lands of Kintore. Keiths fought at Flodden and their standard is still reserved in the Advocates Library in Edinburgh. The sixth Earl Marischall rescued the Crown Jewels of Scotland and took them off to safety to his great stronghold of Dunnottar Castle (for safe keeping!).