This Leicester company was established in April 2003 when Steve Bessex and Paul Manning led a management buyout of nine Vauxhall and one Kawasaki dealerships together with their trade and retail accessories division. Since then, the company has added dealerships as well as Chevrolet and Hummer franchises. The firm now sells new and used cars and vans, tow bars and related products. Its Drive Leisure accessories arm provides body repairs and also runs substantial parts businesses, helping to garner sales of £185.3m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank221
CompanyDrive Motor Retail
ActivityCar dealer
LocationLeicester
Sales £m185.3
Operating profit £m4.8
Main shareholdersSteve Bessex (49.5%), Paul Manning (49.5%)
Staff675
Founded2003
Websitewww.drivevauxhall.co.uk

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