The founder of this Glasgow company, Sir Arnold Clark, died last year having built it into one of Britain’s largest independent car dealer groups. Clark started trading cars in the 1950s after leaving the RAF. Now led by group managing director Eddie Hawthorne, 51, the company announced in February plans to recruit 300 apprentices for roles at its 200 dealerships across the UK.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank7
CompanyArnold Clark
ActivityCar dealer
LocationGlasgow
Sales £m*3,931
Profit £m*276
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersClark family and trusts (100%)
Staff11,427
Founded1954
Websitewww.arnoldclark.com

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