Sidcup Auto Centre

After nine years of turning round car dealerships for the Henley Group, Steve Weal decided to go into the business for himself. He bought Sidcup Auto Centre with his brother-in-law, Stephen Weeitch, in 1996 and focused it on the Skoda market. They now sell 500 new and used Skodas a year, as well as carrying out servicing and repairs. More recently they have expanded by selling Skoda Octavias to the taxi trade. Sales at the Kent company have grown 73% a year from £760,000 in 1997 to £4m in 2000, when it had 14 staff. Weal and Weeitch own two further Skoda dealerships in Bexhill and Croydon.

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Company details
Year2001
Rank81
CompanySidcup Auto Centre
ActivityCar dealer
LocationKent
Annual sales rise over 3 years73.40%
Latest sales £000s3,964
Staff14
Founded1996
Websitewww.sidcupautocentre.co.uk

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