Car plate could make business boss £7 million

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A car registration plate bought for £500 could make businessman Vaughan Williams millions of pounds from Sir Richard Branson.

Belper Town director Mr Williams is hoping the famed entrepreneur will pay his price tag of £7.47 million for the N1 BNK (number one bank) registration to promote his brand Virgin Money.

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has backed Mr Williams in the bid, after he agreed 10 per cent of the sale money would be given to fund research into Alzheimer’s disease.

Although Mr Branson has not yet made an offer he has previously admired the number plate during a visit Mr Williams made to London(pictured). The sale would break the world record for a number plate which currently stands at £7.25 million set in Dubai.

Mr Williams purchased the number plate 18 years ago to promote his company B&K Demolition which was the name of his late father’s company.

Mr Williams said: “Sir Richard used the same 747 figure when buying the bank Northern Rock to also promote his airline.

“Sir Richard breaks records and I hope he takes up the opportunity to promote Virgin banks as the number one.”

Meanwhile, Mr Williams has also launched a public appeal for a new investor to come forward after announcing he is selling his £17,500 stake in the football club.

Mr Williams, 44, is departing the Nailers to take up a position at Evo-Stik League Northern Premier First Division South rivals Loughborough Dynamos.

But before he leaves he is searching for someone who can take over his investment and pump more money into the club and has appealed to Belper News readers for help.

Mr Williams said: “We really need someone to come in who can really promote the club and I want to find the best person possible to take over my shares.

“Belper Town is a real blueprint for how a club should be run and there is some real quality on the board.

“I wanted to make the appeal public to ensure the best person for the job is found. 
Anyone who is interested in taking over my shares should get in touch with me.”

Mr Williams has previously been involved in non-League football with Evo-Stik League side Carlton Town.

In May 2012 he stepped down as Belper Town chairman after little more than a year in the role.

Anyone interested in buying Mr Williams’ 17,500 one pound shares is urged to contact him on 01159375 700 or 07974 784 228.