JCT600 founder and chairman Jack Tordoff has been presented with his OBE in recognition of his services to business and the community in West Yorkshire.
The 83-year-old – who was awarded the order of chivalry in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours – is one of the region’s most respected businessmen, having built the Yorkshire-based motor retailer from a single dealership in Sticker Lane, Bradford, into one of the largest privately owned businesses in the UK.
Throughout his 68-year business career, Tordoff has received many awards – including being made an MBE in the 2008 New Year Honours List for services to business and sport.
He was presented with his OBE at a ceremony at Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham, Wetherby, by West Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant Ed Anderson and 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 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. I remain a proud Yorkshireman, and never more so than today.’
Earlier this year, the family business announced record sales of £1.251bn and increasing profits. It has a 2,250-strong team, including more than 100 apprentices, and has 52 dealerships representing 21 of the world’s leading car marques.