Age is no barrier to Sir Arnold Clark, a 77-year-old father of 10, who still runs the firm that claims to be Britain’s largest chain of independent car dealerships. Clark, a former motor-mechanics instructor in the RAF, was knighted last year. He started trading in 1954, and two years later opened his first dealership in Glasgow. The company now has more than 100 dealerships in Scotland and England, with 80% of sales being generated in Scotland. It also runs about 20 parts and servicing shops and a thriving car-hire business. A strong car market and a number of acquisitions have helped profits to grow 52% a year from £16.4m in 2000 to £57.6m in 2003.
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