Regtransfers Celebrates Three Decades in Business

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Regtransfers, the largest independent provider of private number plates in UK, is celebrating after reaching a milestone of 30 years in the trade.

Regtransfers, the largest independent provider of private number plates in UK, is celebrating after reaching a milestone of 30 years in the trade.

Back in 1982, before the boom in the popularity of personalised registrations and even before the DVLA began selling them, Tony Brown from Dunstable spotted a rise in the number of people advertising cherished number plates for sale in Exchange & Mart. Tony, who was then a 21-year-old Vauxhall Motors engineering apprentice and car fanatic, took an interest in the subject and used the little money he had to set up Regtransfers.

From its modest, one-man origin, Regtransfers has evolved with the ever-changing motor industry. The company now employs more than 90 people and boasts an unrivalled stock of exclusive and desirable registrations. Over the years, Regtransfers has become the number one choice for consumers, celebrities and businesses alike, often hitting the headlines throughout the years. Hollywood star Vinnie Jones, boxers Amir Khan and David Haye, and tenor Russell Watson are just a few of the celebrity clients Regtransfers services.

The first high-value number plate to fully justify Tony's faith in the potential of private number plates for cars was B 1, which sold for £30,000 – a small fortune at the time. The market in top quality registrations has continued to grow and in 2011 Regtransfers set a national record by selling the UK's most expensive plate to date in a secret deal worth over half a million pounds.

In its three decades in the industry, Regtransfers has become a leading authority in the field. The company publishes ‘The World of Personal Number Plates', the UK's only free, professional magazine for the industry and enthusiasts and ‘Fanatical About Number Plates’, one of the standard reference books on UK cherished car registrations.

Managing Director Tony Brown said: “It is a momentous occasion to be celebrating 30 years in the business. Number plates have gone from being just a compulsory requirement to a cherished item that adds value and gives a car its own unique identity.

“Starting out in the early '80s, when all I had was a card index filing system, was certainly a challenge, but watching the company grow from being one of the first independent providers of personalised plates to now being the largest in the UK is a very satisfying achievement.”

In October, Regtransfers will be auctioning X 1, one of the most coveted combinations available. Number plate enthusiasts have speculated that it could set yet another UK record for the highest priced plate sold, although the company is reluctant to make a prediction.

Regtransfers makes the process of finding, buying, and transferring registrations as easy as possible. For more information about buying DVLA number plates, or for assistance in finding or creating private plates, call 01582967777 or visit

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