A 1,000 mile rally and the lifting of a Vanquish car onto Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel featured among the centenary celebrations last year for Aston Martin, the Warwickshire company synonymous with luxury, style — and James Bond. In 2007 it was bought by Middle Eastern investors for £490m. Former Nissan director Andy Palmer, 51, became chief executive last month. The luxury car firm reported a loss before tax of £25m.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank21
CompanyAston Martin
ActivitySports car maker
LocationWarwickshire
Sales £m519.2
Operating profit £m16.8
Main shareholdersInvestindustrial (37%), Investment Dar (26%), Asmar (19%), Adeem Investment (11%), Mercedez-Benz (5%), David Richards (1%), Dr. Ulrich Bez (1%)
Staff1,239
Founded1914
Websitewww.astonmartin.com

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