Before taking the reins of this West Sussex car retailer from his father, chairman Guy Harwood, 78, was a renowned jockey and then a horse trainer: his horse Dancing Brave won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1986. Harwoods now sells luxury marques at 12 sites in southern England. Last year, the firm acquired a Jaguar dealership in the Croydon area and a Land Rover dealership in Lewes, helping to nudge turnover up to £612.6m.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank6
CompanyHarwoods
ActivityCar dealer
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m612.6
Operating profit £m12.7
Main shareholdersGuy Harwood and family (100%)
Staff864
Founded1931
Websitewww.harwoods.uk.com

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