Having worked as a mechanic for the Royal Air Force, Arnold Clark set up his first car dealership in 1955 in Glasgow. Today the 75-year-old father of 10 is worth an estimated £198m and still runs the company, which in 2002 had sales that exceeded £1 billion for the first time. It claims to be the fourth-largest car dealer in Britain with 105 branches, based mainly in Scotland and northeast England, selling most marques, including Alfa Romeo, Ford and Volvo. The company also offers car hire and runs an insurance operation. It increased sales in 2002 to £1,186, pushing them up by more than £200m over the previous year. It had 5,368 staff.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank19
CompanyArnold Clark Automobiles
ActivityCar dealer
LocationGlasgow
Sales £m1,186
Profit £m37
Year endDec 02
Principal shareholdersArnold Clark and family (100%)
Staff5,368
Founded1954
Websitewww.arnoldclark.com

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