A BATLEY-BORN businessman is racing up the earnings table.
Lawrence Tomlinson, founder and chairman of the LNT Group, which makes the Ginetta sports car, is in 178th place in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List of the UK’s wealthiest people with an estimated fortune of £300m.
He moves up 36 places from his place at 214 in last year’s list – the position now occupied by the Queen!
Mr Tomlinson was brought up in Batley, but now lives in Otley.
Mr Tomlinson attended Batley Grammar school and studied engineering at Huddersfield Technical College before gaining an engineering degree at Bradford University.
He later worked on the graduate trainee scheme at Holset Engineering, now Cummins Turbo Technologies, at Turnbridge.
Mr Tomlinson launched LNT in 1987 – eventually building up a string of businesses together employing 800 people.
His company employs more than 300 people at its headquarters in Garforth, Leeds.
The purpose built offices, which house the Ginetta Cars factory, were opened in 2007 by former F1 world champion Damon Hill.