Yorkshire’s largest family business celebrates its 75th anniversary

John Tordoff, chief executive of JCT600

JCT600 has celebrated its 75th anniversary and since being founded as Brooklands Garage on Sticker Lane, Bradford, in 1946, it estimates that it has sold over one million new and used vehicles.

With a turnover in excess of £1.3 billion, JCT600 represents 25 of the world’s leading car marques and has grown into the region’s largest privately owned business.

It is still owned and managed by the Tordoff family, with nine members of the family currently working for the company. Chief executive John Tordoff continues to lead the 2,300-strong team, making it one of the largest employers in the region with the business having been named among the Sunday Times’ ‘best companies to work for’.

John Tordoff, chief executive of JCT600, said: “Our 75th birthday is another huge moment for JCT600, and we’d like to take the great opportunity to thank everyone we work with, our loyal customers, colleagues and partners, for their continued support.

“We’ve seen some massive changes in the motor industry since 1946 when we sold our first vehicle, a Jowett van for £175, and we’ve faced many challenges along the way. However, as we have grown, we have retained our strong family values and I believe it is this that is the key to our longevity and continued success.

“To have survived 75 years in business is an achievement in itself and we are proud that the JCT600 name is trusted by so many people. We remain committed to putting the customer first and treating our colleagues and partners with respect – the core values which have got us where we are today.”


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