JACK Tordoff, founder and chairman of Yorkshire-based motor retailer JCT600, has been presented with an OBE in recognition of his “services to business and the community in West Yorkshire”.
Tordoff, 83, is one of the region’s most respected businessmen having built JCT600 from a single dealership on Sticker Lane in Bradford into one of the largest privately owned businesses in the UK.
Throughout a career spanning 68 years, he has received many awards, including an MBE in 2007. His OBE was announced in the Queen’s 2018 birthday honours list in June.
Earlier this year, the family business announced record sales of £1.251bn and increased profits, having established itself as one of the most trusted names in Yorkshire for generations of customers.
It has a 2,250-strong team including over a hundred apprentices and has been recognised in the Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Companies to Work For’ list. With 52 dealerships, representing 21 leading car marques, JCT600 is one of Yorkshire’s most successful businesses.
Over its 72 year history, JCT600 has consistently contributed to the communities, whether by supporting local and regional sports clubs, or various charities. The company has been the main sponsor for Bradford City for the last 10 years and also sponsors Bradford and Bingley Rugby Club. It is currently a patron of The Prince’s Trust.
Tordoff said: “I’m fortunate to have enjoyed a fantastic career and I am tremendously proud of what we have created at JCT600. To have now been given this award by Her Majesty is the ultimate honour and I believe testament to the hard work, grit and enterprise for which Yorkshire is famous.
“I am very grateful to the people who work with me every day, both past and present, and who have helped me to grow JCT600 into Yorkshire’s biggest private company and to achieve this honour. From the bottom of my heart, I thank them all – they are the best.”
He added: “I am Bradford born and bred and have never lost sight of my roots or how important it is for successful companies to give back to their local communities. With my children and grandchildren now working in the business, I know that we will stick to the values which have set us apart and continue to always put the customer first.”