By Tristan Harris Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 18/09 00:06
A WELL-KNOWN Bromsgrove businessman who became the largest MG Rover dealer in the world is bringing out his biography.
And Douglas Clark, who owns Clark's garage, will be signing copies of Belts and Braces at Webbs garden centre in Hagley today (Friday), at The Kingfisher Centre, opposite Primark, tomorrow (Saturday) and at Webbs in Wychbold on Sunday (September 15). All three are 10am to 4pm.
The book, penned by local writer Euan Rose, tells the story of Doug who was born into poverty in Mustow Green and progressed from mending lawnmowers as a child to running eleven motor dealerships, with his brother Malcolm, generating a turnover of more than £60million.
When he retired in 2002, he employed over 450 people locally.
The Morrisons supermarket in Bromsgrove, along with Imagination Street and the Mint Lounge restaurant are built on land owned and sold by Clark’s.
Memorable moments featured in the book include the start of Doug's business journey in 1963 when he took over the running of a garage in Rednal, the beginning of Clark's Motor Services and when Clark’s was appointed after sales service agents for Austin Rover in 1982. Clark’s went on to have dealerships in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Kidderminster, as well as Rednal.
Doug said it was customers and friends who encouraged him to share his story
“My success didn’t just happen.
"It was the result of hard work, recognising opportunities and the choices I made."
Proceeds from the first 1,000 books sold will be donated to the music department at Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School.
For more information, visit www.douglasclark.co
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