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Watford-based Spire Automotive was founded in 2006 by managing director Darren Guiver, 47, and finance director Kim Richardson, 59, when they bought three Audi showrooms. The car dealer also sells marques that include BMW, Jaguar, Seat and Volkswagen. In 2013, it acquired or opened eight dealerships, bringing its total to 17 and driving sales up by 50% to £377.2m.

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Company details
CompanySpire Automotive
ActivityCar dealer
Sales £m377.2
Operating profit £m8.6
Main shareholdersDarren Guiver (70%), Kim Richardson (30%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda