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Happy 75th birthday to us!

Since being founded as Brooklands Garage on Sticker Lane, Bradford, in 1946, JCT600 estimates that it has sold over one million new and used vehicles and on Sunday 20th June, celebrated 75 years in business.

With a turnover in excess of £1.3 billion, JCT600 partners with 25 of the world’s leading car marques and has grown into the region’s largest privately-owned business. The company is still owned and managed by the Tordoff family with nine members of the family currently working for the business. 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’.

To mark this important milestone, JCT600 last week shared a light-hearted short film on its social media channels which looks back at where the company started as well as looking forwards to what happens next. The company also invited customers, suppliers and colleagues to share birthday messages on social media with the hashtag #JCT600is75, receiving hundreds of good wishes.

Over the last 75 years, JCT600 has racked up some impressive statistics: since 1946, more than 20,000 colleagues have been welcomed to the JCT600 family and in the last five years alone, ten couples have started their journey together after meeting at the business. It has also provided a vehicle service, MOT or maintenance more than four million times, and delivered more than 10,000 vehicles to customers’ homes across the UK, travelling more than 500,000 miles in the process. The total area covered by its 54 dealerships’ premises is more than 143 acres - an area equivalent to 71 football pitches - and you'd have to drive more than 500 miles if you wanted to visit every JCT600 retailer in one trip!

As well as continuing to invest in physical showrooms throughout Yorkshire, the North East, the Humber, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire, JCT600 has also established a strong presence online. Customers have made a reservation for more than 3,500 cars and vans through, and the company has reached more than 56 million people on social media since 2008, succeeding in building a following of more than 35,000 people.

Its contract hire and leasing division, JCT600 VLS, has also gone from strength to strength during its 25 years of trading, with in excess of 100,000 vehicles estimated to be on lease at any one time.

John Tordoff 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.”

Added: 20 June 2021

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