JCT600 Ltd
TypeMotor Retail Group
FounderJack Tordoff
HeadquartersApperley Lane, Bradford
Number of locations
54 (2022)
Area served
North East
Key people
John Tordoff (CEO)
Revenue£1.277 billion (2019)
£23.2 million (2018)
Number of employees
2,000–2,500 (2022)

JCT600 Ltd is a privately owned franchise motor firm that operates throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, and the North East, with 54 dealerships between Boston and Newcastle.[1] The company currently represents 25 of the world's most iconic brands and in 2020 achieved a turnover of over £1.117 billion [2], yet its ambition remains the same as ever - to be the best, not necessarily the biggest.[3]

Company history

Yorkshire's largest family-owned business began life in 1946 as a single garage on Bradford's Sticker Lane. Originally called Tordoff Motors, the company was established by Edward Tordoff, before being taken on by his son, Jack. Jack Tordoff was a successful rally driver in the 1960s and 1970s and winner of the Circuit of Ireland Rally in 1973. Tordoff developed the business over the next 70-plus years, founding JCT600, before his son and current chief executive officer, John Tordoff, took over in 2002. Jack Tordoff died aged 86 in 2021 following a lengthy illness.[4]

The company name, JCT600, came from the personal number plate of an archetypal Mercedes Benz 600 owned by Jack Tordoff, which he also used on his Porsche when he won the Circuit of Ireland Rally.[5] Since then, JCT600 has gone on to celebrate its 76th Birthday, employs over 2,400 colleagues and four generations later, remains a proud family business despite now being one of UK's largest and most highly respected motor retailers [6].


JCT600 are proud to support a range of activities and causes in local communities. From sports teams to events, they recognise the value of supporting the things that matter. One of the group's most notable sponsorships is with Bradford City AFC, which is one of the longest running partnerships in English Football League History. JCT600 have recently committed to continue being the ‘driving force’ at Bradford City with the announcement, in July 2022, of a three-year sponsorship deal extension which will extend the current agreement through to the 2025/26 season.[7] The late Jack Tordoff OBE, founder of JCT600, is the football club’s former honorary life president and was a lifelong supporter, regularly taking his two sons to Valley Parade throughout their childhood.


The group currently represents:


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  3. ^ "JCT600 - About Us". www.jct600.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Bradford businessman Jack Tordoff, founder of JCT600, dies". BBC. 4 October 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List 2014: the 20 wealthiest people in Yorkshire". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ "History of JCT600". www.jct600.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  7. ^ "JCT600 TO CONTINUE AS 'THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE BANTAMS'". www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2022.