This Leicester-based company was established in 2003 when Steve Bessex and Paul Manning led a buyout of one Kawasaki and nine Vauxhall dealerships. The business has since acquired a further Vauxhall dealership as well as three Chevrolet franchises. An increase in used and fleet car sales boosted turnover 10% in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank199
CompanyDrive Motor Retail
ActivityCar dealer
LocationLeicester
Sales £m201.5
Operating profit £m2.4
Main shareholdersSteve Bessex (49.5%), Paul Manning (49.5%), General Motor UK (1%)
Staff686
Founded2003
Websitewww.drivevauxhall.co.uk

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