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  • Walking past supermodels on the way to a dealer interview is not a regular occurrence on AM. The fact Kate Moss was out shopping 50 paces from HR Owen’s Jack Barclay showroom highlights how different this group is from any other in the UK.

  • In 2006, Vertu Motors was started by Robert Forrester with the aim to acquire and consolidate motor retail companies. Today, those aims remain unchanged and its managing director sees no reason to stop growing the company and the brands it represents, with the Germans firmly in the expansion plan.

  • Macrae & Dick has appointed Derek Presly as general manager of its Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships.

  • David Peel is the first to admit that it will take more than smarter operating processes, upgraded premises and a £30 million investment plan to steer a major British car business back to profit.

  • Jon Mathers is not your ordinary dealer group managing director. While most would agree this industry encourages competitive spirit, Mathers embraces that quality as a former global jet ski racing champion and time trial racing car driver.

  • For 15 years Romford Mazda staggered along, failing to fulfil anything like its potential. Then, in 2007, two brothers acquired the business with a novel vision for success: there would be no managers apart from themselves.

  • A new 100,000sq ft national distribution facility for parts distributor Andrew Page will be fully operational within the next few weeks supplying the company’s core 65 national branch network.

  • The car market collapse, warranty hysteria and supply issues after Japan’s tsunami were a triple whammy for RRG Group in the North West of England. Yet it made it through intact, and bounced back fast. Now its Japanese owners have given its management clear instructions: acquire, expand and spread the risk.

  • Brian Gilda is chairman and managing director of Peoples Ford, the company he founded in 1983. With ethical views born out of experiences in apartheid South Africa, he has strong opinions on the management of people and business.

  • Stephen James values quality above growth as Christian principles at core of business mean showrooms are closed on Sundays.