A Yorkshire-based online car purchasing company has been shortlisted for a national award to celebrate Great British entrepreneurs.

Wakefield and Bradford-based The Car Buying Group has been announced as just one of six finalists in NatWest’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Scale-up Entrepreneur category.

The awards, which will take place at The Imperial War Museum in Manchester on 14th November 2017, aim to celebrate successful entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a hunger for opportunity and a growth mindset.

Founder and managing director of The Car Buying Group, Tom Marley, was among thousands of business who entered the awards, which is now in its fifth year. Sponsored by NatWest, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated a number of well-known entrepreneurs over the years, including David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

The Car Buying Group, which was named the North’s fastest growing technology company in Tech North’s Northern Tech 100 league table earlier this year and has experienced an impressive 191% increase in growth since their inception, provides customers with a fair, fast and hassle-free way to sell a car online.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Tom Marley said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been named a finalist in such a prestigious award. I’m very much looking forward to attending the ceremony on the night and meeting some of the UK’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs.”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said:

“We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said:

"I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

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The Car Buying Group is the fastest growing online car purchasing website in the UK.

Established in 2014, The Car Buying Group, a trading name of Digital Automotive Solutions Ltd, was formed by young entrepreneur Tom Marley with the support of three shareholders, all of which have exceptional experience of growing and nurturing startups in the motor trade and digital arenas.

With an automated online valuations system, backed up by an excellent customer service to ensure optimal customer satisfaction, The Car Buying Group has experienced rapid growth since its inception and in 2017, the business continued to build its impressive revenue figures, growing from £18.9 million in 2016 to £43.7 million in 2017.

Thanks to a multi-million-pound investment from motor trade giants, the Greenhous Group in February 2016, the firm’s growth has propelled the business into larger markets and it now has a number of corporate partnerships and white label solutions.

Based in Yorkshire with more than 80 drop-in sites across the UK and Northern Ireland, The Car Buying Group provide a fair, fast and hassle-free way to sell a car online. Requiring only a few basic pieces of vehicle information, a car valuation is provided instantly to the customer searching their website.

The Car Buying Group was recently listed as the third fastest-growing tech company in the North, in The Northern Tech 100 League Table, was the winner of the ‘fast growth’ award at’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards 2018, as well as Tom Marley, founder of the firm, being shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the North.

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