Sherwoods Motor Group saw its pre-tax profit soar by 215 per cent to nearly £1.4m last year.
Newly published accounts for the dealership group, which has showrooms across the north-east of England, show it made £1,377,322 in the year ended December 30, 2021, versus £437,772 the year before.
Turnover, meanwhile rose by nearly 12 per cent to £74.2m from £66.3m.
It claimed £140,169 under the furlough scheme, compared with £591,173 in 2020.
Sherwoods has the franchises for Peugeot, Citroen, Suzuki and Isuzu, as well as having a Car Store that sells second-hand vehicles.
The group – which was established in the 1920s – began a new era in the summer of 2019 when it acquired Springfield Motor Group and its Peugeot, Citroen and Suzuki franchises at Gateshead, as well as Durham Peugeot.
In the accompanying report, director Alasdair MacConachie said that following the integration of the new businesses, ‘we started to see encouraging improvements in the business and the changes to trading practices, controls and performance monitoring started to show significant improvements in the group’s trading position.
‘These changes…have been difficult for the business but was the right thing to do to secure future success of the business.’
He added: ‘During 2021, the business traded exceptionally well despite the lockdown in the early part of the year and the new car supply issues caused by microchip shortages.’
In January, it strengthened its ties with Stellantis after buying Town Centre Automobiles in Sunderland, which has the Citroen franchise.
MacConachie said in the report that it had been made possible by the success of the business in 2021.
Sherwoods’ Suzuki dealership in Gateshead is pictured via Google Street View