This Bradford-based car dealer group celebrated its 70th anniversary last month — it sold its first vehicle in 1946 for £175. Chairman Jack Tordoff inherited a single Jowett showroom from his father in the early 1950s and built it into a group that operates 50 showrooms across northern England, selling marques such as Audi, VW, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as well as prestige cars including Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin. Jack’s son, John, 52, became chief executive in 2002.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank43
CompanyJCT600
ActivityCar dealer
LocationBradford
Sales £m1,145
Profit £m32
Year endDec 15
Principal shareholdersJack Tordoff (100%)
Staff2,181
Founded1946
Websitewww.jct600.co.uk

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