A classic entrepreneur, John Bloor left school at 15 and has built a business that had sales of £403m and operating profits of £50m in the year to June 2003. Bloor Holdings includes Bloor Homes, which built 1,950 houses from Yorkshire to Devon last year, and Triumph motorcycles, which Bloor rescued from the liquidator in 1983.

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Company details
Year2004
Rank83
CompanyBloor Investments
ActivityBuilder and motorcycle maker
LocationDerbyshire
Sales £m403
Profit £m50
Year endDec 03
Principal shareholdersJohn Bloor (100%)
Staff1,689
Founded1969
Websitewww.bloorhomes.com

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