This firm was established in April 2003 when Steve Bessex and Paul Manning led a management buyout of nine Arriva Vauxhall dealerships, one Kawasaki dealership and its trade and retail accessories division. Since the buyout, Drive has acquired a Chevrolet franchise in Leicester and another Vauxhall site in Bristol. Sales reached £232.9m in 2004.

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Company details
CompanyDrive Motor Retail
ActivityCar dealer
Sales £m232.9
Operating profit £m3.5
Main shareholdersSteve Bessex (50%), Paul Manning (50%)

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