Founded in Glasgow by the late Sir Arnold Clark, the UK’s first billionaire car dealer, this firm closed all its 200 dealerships in response to the pandemic and offered cars to help NHS workers get to work. Owned by the Clark family and led by chief executive Eddie Hawthorne, 53, it sells about 300,000 vehicles a year. An acquisition and buoyant used-car sales drove revenue to £4.5bn in 2019, but the wider market has been significantly dented by the lockdown.
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