Micheldever is still headquartered near the Hampshire shed where Tony Todd sold his first tyres in 1972. It now sells more than 5million of them a year for cars, motorbikes and trucks. The company also offers on-site breakdown, exhaust, brakes and shock absorber services. The majority of the firm is owned by private-equity firm Graphite Capital Partners, which backed an £80m buyout from the founder in 2006. Chief executive Paul Fox steered sales to £223.9m in 2008
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