Chairman Jack Tordoff built this Bradford-based car dealer group from a single Jowett showroom inherited from his father in the early 1950s to a group that operates 50 showrooms in northern England, selling marques such as Audi, VW, BMW and Mercedes Benz, as well as prestige cars such as Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin. In 2002, Jack’s son, John, 52, became chief executive and in 2013 it completed its largest ever takeover when it acquired Gilder Group, another family-owned dealer, for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
ActivityCar dealer
Sales £m1,025
Profit £m33
Year endDec 14
Principal shareholdersTordoff family (100%)

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