Ryland is a car dealer that specialises in upmarket marques such as BMW, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar. Recently it started distributing the Smart city car, which is sold at branches in northeast England. The rest of Ryland’s sites are mostly in the Midlands, Wales and northwest England. After nine years on the stock market the company was taken private in 2003 by the founder’s grandson Peter Whale, with backing from ITC, a Barbados motor group. Sales reached £501m in 2004.
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