This Newcastle family business sells 12 marques, including Ford, Lexus and Volkswagen, across 34 dealerships in the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and south west Scotland. It is building a new £5.7m Audi dealership in Sunderland, as part of a £20m investment across its sites. Chief executive Mark Squires, 50, is the third generation of the family to take charge of the business since it was founded in 1957.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank83
CompanyBenfield Motor Group
ActivityCar dealer
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne
Sales £m*700
Profit £m*13
Year endDec 14
Principal shareholdersJohn Squires and family (100%)
Staff1,440
Founded1957
Websitewww.drivebenfield.com

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