Struggling BSM 'may be sold to AA'

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The struggling British School of Motoring could be taken over by The AA

The British School of Motoring (BSM), the UK’s largest driving school, could be sold to motoring giant The AA, it has been reported.

The driving school has struggled since a £10 million management buyout in November 2009 led by joint managing directors Abu-Haris Shafi and Nikolai Kesting, said the Mail on Sunday.

The AA is understood to be close to sealing a deal for a nominal sum, after plans to expand the pool of instructors at BSM to 3,000 apparently faltered. PricewaterhouseCoopers is understood to be advising BSM for a sale.

The market is dominated by independents, with about 45,000 driving instructors in Britain.

BSM, which operates as a franchise business and was set up in 1920, is thought to have just 2,100 instructors, with The AA having fewer than 2,000.

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