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Local legend releases his official biography
12:10pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A LOCAL legend will be revealing details of his rise to phenomenal business success when his official biography Belts and Braces is released at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
Born into poverty, Doug Clark progressed from mending lawnmowers as a child to running 11 motor dealerships, with his brother Malcolm, generating a turnover in excess of £60 million. He also established a local property empire of considerable value. At the time of his retirement ihe employed over 450 people.
His business journey began in 1963, when he took over the running of a garage in Rednal. He later demolished the garage and built a new improved one, which became the first Clark’s Motor Services operation. Further service and repair locations were established and in 1967 he was appointed to handle MOT certification. In the 1970s he embraced new computer technology, revolutionising his business and providing a strong competitive edge.
His biggest break came in 1982 when Clark’s was appointed after sales service agents for Austin Rover. Clark’s went on to become the largest MG Rover dealer in the world with dealerships in Redditch, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Rednal.
Mr Clark’s biography, written by well known writer Euan Rose, covers seven decades to 2010. It parallels what was happening in his life alongside national and international events and includes anecdotes from the life of an inspirational and determined personality. It also provides an interesting insight to the development of the regional business and property landscape.
“Customers and friends encouraged me to share my story,” said Mr Clark.
“My success didn’t just happen. It was the result of hard work, recognising opportunities and the choices I made. However, I couldn’t have achieved such success without the invaluable support and commitment of my staff and loyal customers.”
He will be selling signed copies at the Kingfisher Centre, outside Primark, on Saturday, September 14 between 10am and 4pm.
Proceeds from the first 1,000 books sold will be donated to the music department at Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School.
For further details, see www.douglasclark.co.
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