This company was founded in 1909 as a chauffeur business but now encompasses motor retail, aerospace engineering, specialist vehicle maintenance and design, and even executive jet charters. It maintains the RAF’s Hercules fleet, and its customers include British Airways, KLM and Alitalia. It also designed Concorde’s famous droop nose. But the bulk of the company’s sales come from its dealerships with 17 car makers, including Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Citroën, Peugeot and Vauxhall. Now run by the founder’s grandson, Michael Marshall, the firm reported sales of £490m for 2002, when it had 3,352 employees.
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