Started in 2004 with one Volkswagen outlet in Warrington, this car dealership now has 18 sites in north Wales, northwest England, West Yorkshire and the Midlands. Selling Volkswagens is still its main business, though the company has added seven other marques, including Audi, BMW, Honda and Mini. Founder and managing director Ian Rutter, 56, changed the company’s trading name from Clare James Automotive in January.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank143
CompanyLightcliffe
ActivityCar dealer
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m*206.4
Operating profit £m*1.8
Main shareholdersIan Rutter (80%), Michael Ostrowski (20%)
Staff506
Founded2004
Websitewww.lightcliffe.co.uk

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