Founded in 1938, this car dealer became the first in Britain to sell a Volkswagen when it took on the franchise in 1953. Twenty years later it added Audi cars to its roster. Gilder Group now sells cars and vans and provides spare parts and servicing, operating from nine sites across Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Currently based in Chesterfield, the firm is investing £13m in a new headquarters near Sheffield. Sales were £173.2m in 2006.
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