This Cambridge company has changed beyond recognition since it was founded nearly a century ago as a chauffeur service for the city’s well-heeled students. Now run by Michael Marshall, grandson of the founder, the firm still runs a fleet of limousines but has expanded into other area such as military aviation contracting. Its businesses range from repairing and modifying aircraft to producing trucks and specialist vehicles and operating executive private jets. The Marshall Motor Group division, meanwhile, has 40 car dealerships across southeast England and also operates in vehicle leasing and refrigerated transport. Sales were £574m in 2005.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank70
CompanyMarshall Group
ActivityConglomerate
LocationCambridge
Sales £m574
Year endDec 05
Principal shareholdersMichael Marshall and family trusts (51%)
Staff3,569
Founded1909
Websitewww.marshallgroup.co.uk

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