Bill Cullen

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Bill Cullen

Entrepreneur, author of "It's a Long Way From Penny Apples"

Bill Cullen's business career started in 1956 when he was employed as a messenger boy in Walden Ford Dealers in Dublin on a salary of £1 per week. By 1968 (aged 26) he was appointed General Manager of the company which he developed into Ireland's biggest selling Ford dealership.

Bill Cullen opened Fairlane Ford in Tallaght in 1977 which he developed into the largest Ford dealership in Ireland by 1981. In 1986 he took the opportunity to buy the insolvent Smith Group, owners of the Renault franchise… 

Bill Cullen's business career started in 1956 when he was employed as a messenger boy in Walden Ford Dealers in Dublin on a salary of £1 per week. By 1968 (aged 26) he was appointed General Manager of the company which he developed into Ireland's biggest selling Ford dealership.

Bill Cullen opened Fairlane Ford in Tallaght in 1977 which he developed into the largest Ford dealership in Ireland by 1981. In 1986 he took the opportunity to buy the insolvent Smith Group, owners of the Renault franchise for Ireland. The purchase price was a mere £1 but Bill had to take over a debt burden of £18 million.

Today Renault has a net worth of in excess of 40 million with annual pre-tax profits of 14 million on a turnover of 350 million. Through one of the most modern dealer networks in Ireland the 42 Renault dealers will sell 16,000 vehicles in 2002 against sales of 2,200 in their first year in 1987. Renault are currently 4th in the Irish Car League Table from a dismal 12th originally.

Bill's autobiography (telling the stories of entrepreneuring adventures from age 5) "It's a Long Way From Penny Apples" had become a best seller in Ireland and will soon be published in the UK and America. All Bill's royalties go to the Irish Youth Foundation, of which he is a trustee.
 


 

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