The Meteor Group, owned by Warwick Holdings, claims to be Britain’s largest independent Mercedes dealer, with seven Midlands dealerships trading under the name Drayton. Last year, the firm, led by Ken Forbes, opened a new franchise in Wolverhampton, and disposed of two loss-making businesses. The region’s appetite for prestige cars helped Meteor to achieve sales of £174.1m in 2004.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank151
CompanyDrayton Group
ActivityCar dealer
LocationWest Midlands
Sales £m174.1
Operating profit £m4.8
Main shareholdersGuest family (82%), Ken & Jane Forbes (18%)
Staff396
Founded1953
Websitewww.draytongroup.co.uk

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