Chairman Nigel Spokes, 58, took a controlling interest in this car rental company in 1999 and it has remained family-owned ever since. Operating under both the Dollar and Thrifty brands it hires out self-drive private and commercial vehicles from more than 1,300 locations across 99 countries. It has headquarters in Exeter and 110 locations in the UK. Last year’s sales were £116.1m, and although rising vehicle costs and new outlets meant profits dipped by 4%, it still made a £29.5m profit.
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