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As the main distributor of Volvo trucks, buses and coaches in northwest England and north Wales, this firm’s staff were categorised as key workers during the pandemic. Founded in 1985, it is managed by Jim Murray, 55, and operates from its Liverpool headquarters and seven depots placed near motorway networks. Backing from RBS in 2016 allowed management to buy back shares given to other bodies as part of a rescue package in 2008. Sales were £120.8m in 2018.

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Company details
CompanyThomas Hardie Commercials
ActivityTruck dealer
Sales £m120.8
Operating profit £m5.5
Main shareholdersJames Murray (23%), Mark Cunnew (23%), Steven Wilson (23%), other management (31%)

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda