This Leicester company was established in April 2003 when Steve Bessex and Paul Manning led a management buyout of one Kawasaki and nine Vauxhall dealerships. Since then the company has added new forecourts and marques, and now sells both new and used cars and vans. The firm also offers personalised number plates for its customers, while its Drive Leisure accessories arm offers products ranging from bicycles to poker sets and patio heaters, helping to garner sales of £189.1m in 2006.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank170
CompanyDrive Motor Retail
ActivityCar dealer
LocationLeicester
Sales £m189.1
Operating profit £m5
Main shareholdersSteve Bessex (49.5%), Paul Manning (49.5%)
Staff632
Founded2003
Websitewww.drivevauxhall.co.uk

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