This car dealership began life more than a century ago as the Williams Wheelwright Works in Manchester, repairing horse-drawn vehicles. Its first showroom opened in 1960 and it now has 12 in northwest England selling Land Rover, BMW and Mini cars. As an authorised BMW dealership, it says it was also one of the first in the world to sell the electric BMW I cars. Nick Cook, 62, is managing director.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank57
CompanyWilliams Group
ActivityCar dealer
LocationBolton
Sales £m362.6
Operating profit £m4.7
Main shareholdersMargaret Orton Williams (25%), family & employees (75%)
Staff642
Founded1958
Websitewww.williamsgroup.co.uk

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