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Book charts inspirational buisinessman's rise from rags to riches
11:41am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
AN INSPIRATIONAL businessman who owned motor dealerships in Stourbridge and Halesowen is releasing his biography telling how he rose from being born into poverty to owning a £60million business empire.
Douglas Clark went from mending lawnmowers as a child - to running eleven motorships employing 450 people with his brother Malcolm - Clark’s Motor Services.
Clark’s went on to become the largest MG Rover dealer in the world.
The biography - ‘Belts and Braces’ - written by Euan Rose will be launched on Friday September 13, at Webbs garden centre in West Hagley, with Mr Clark signing copies between 10am and 4pm.
The 71-year-old, who lives in Malta after retiring in 2002, also established a property empire and owns homes in Florida and Canada.
The grandfather of one was born in Mustow Green near Kidderminster with his business journey beginning in 1963, when he took over a garage in Rednal.
It went on to own dealerships in towns including Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Rednal and to generate a turnover of more than £60million.
At the turn of the Millennium Clark’s opened Honda Halesowen, it’s finest showroom and servicing base.
A prestigious VW dealership in Stourbridge followed – the jewel in the crown for the Clark’s business empire.
The book parallels what was happening in Doug’s life alongside national and international events.
Mr Clark said: “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.”
Mr Clark, who has one daughter, was divorced in 1991 after 29 years of marriage.
The book is dedicated to his grandson Thomas Duggan, who was born in 2002.
Proceeds from the first 1000 copies will go to Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School.
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