Started in 1957 by the late John Squires from a single used-car garage in Newcastle, Benfield now has 26 dealerships in northeast England, Cumbria and Yorkshire. The firm, run by Squires’s son John, stocks a variety of marques including Ford, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen. It has servicing facilities at every site, and also hires out cars. Profits rose 46% a year from £2.1m in 2000 to £6.6m in 2003.
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