This car supermarket says that more than half of its sales come from existing customers who are attracted by its “no-pressure” approach. The Car People has three dealerships in Wakefield, Manchester and Sheffield. Brothers Martyn, 58, and Paul Carnell, 60, set up the company in 1999, having previously founded a franchise group which they sold in 1997.

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Company details
CompanyThe Car People
ActivityCar dealer
Sales £m*152.1
Operating profit £m*4.8
Main shareholdersCarnell family (76%), other management (24%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda