Managing director Kevin Walter has acquired and turned round six lossmaking Audi dealerships since 2005, as well as opening a new Audi showroom in Colchester. The seven sites, in east London and Essex, sell about 3,500 new and 2,500 used cars each year. Walter bought out founder Melvyn Hodgson in 2006 and now owns the business outright. Sales reached £177.8m in 2010.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank219
CompanyHodgson Automotive
ActivityCar dealer
LocationChelmsford, Essex
Sales £m177.8
Operating profit £m2.2
Main shareholdersKevin Walter (100%)
Staff288
Founded1999
Websitewww.essex-audi.co.uk

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