Family-owned Marshall Group operates in sectors including aerospace, defence, property and motor retail. It is led by chief executive Robert Marshall, 55 — whose family have been running the Cambridge business for four generations — and chairman Alex Dorrian CBE, 71. Its largest subsidiary is its AIM-listed car dealership, Marshall Motor Holdings, which accounted for 86% of total revenues in 2017. These were up 15% to a record £2.6bn, boosted by the dealership’s acquisition of rival Ridgeway in May 2016.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank19
CompanyMarshall Group
ActivityConglomerate
LocationCambridge
Sales £m*2,604
Profit £m*74
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersSir Michael Marshall, Robert Marshall & family trusts (71%), others (29%)
Staff6,211
Founded1909
Websitewww.marshallgroup.co.uk

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