The Clark Group is a boutique investment house led by entrepreneur Steven J Clark.
Launched in 2006, the Clark Group holds significant investments in a diverse range of global businesses. We particularly enjoy supporting gifted entrepreneurs who are building exceptional brands.
Our business model has evolved through many years of experience and today offers both equity funding and business growth guidance from our network of high-level business leaders.
Unlike many private equity firms, the Clark Group engages with its investment leaders proactively throughout the life of the investment, providing both equity and knowledge.
This combination has delivered exceptional results for investor and investee alike.
The Clark Group has offices in Poole and London, but its investments and their operations span the globe.
The Clark Group is led by Group CEO Steven Clark, working alongside a number of trusted individuals who provide functional specialism across a range of business disciplines.
The team brings industry expertise, connections, and high-level skills to all our investments and businesses.
Steven is a creative and gifted entrepreneur with a natural ability for detecting potential investment opportunities. His formal working career began in 1984 with a manufacturing apprenticeship within the UK’s premier motor manufacturer, Parvalux.
In tandem to developing a life-long interest in engineering, Steven explored his entrepreneurial interests initially within the property market. Investing in private and commercial real estate, he quickly marked up a number of significant wins. A long-term investment in Links of London created the third area of interest, retail. Thus was borne the business foundations for the Clark Group; engineering, property and retail. After taking the helm of Parvalux as CEO in 2004, Steven brought the three areas of interest together within the Clark Group, thus cementing over twenty-five years business interests.
With investments in a number of significant UK enterprises, Steven’s contribution has been to facilitate and guide the overall strategic direction of each entity, as well as providing financial backing. Steven brings a considerable enthusiasm and natural insight into the three business domains. His primary goal is to develop outstanding brands through businesses driven by gifted leaders. Aligning with talented and self-motivated people with congruent values, professional business practices and in-depth business understanding, Steven is committed to long-term investment that creates real value for both stakeholders and shareholders of each respective business. Thus his contribution will stand as a positive legacy for generations to come.
Stephen gained his foundation experience whilst completing his articles with a local Chartered Accountants in general practice. He has subsequently sought out dynamic environments where he has been able to make a positive impact working in engineering, distribution, aerospace design and latterly specialising in retail leisure and property. As Financial Accountant at B&Q PLC, Stephen was responsible treasury operations and supplier accounting during a period of rapid growth in the business and the industry.
He followed this with three years as Financial Controller at Allied Leisure PLC during a period of rapid expansion by acquisition in which the company became the UK leader in ten pin bowling and a significant franchisee of fast food outlets. Stephen was subsequently Head of Finance for a prominent timeshare operator with resorts in the UK, Tenerife and Cyprus, dealing with the complexities of resort acquisition and development, resort management and resort trading opportunities, within different economic, fiscal and legal environments.
His wide experience includes consulting for organisations requiring broad strategic review, due diligence, investment appraisal and system review both in UK and Europe. Stephen joined the Clark Group in September 2007 and brings with him a robust financial approach coupled with relevant industry experience.
Marc is an experienced and talented developer of high-end commercial and residential property. As Managing Director of Clark Estates, Marc provides hands-on leadership as well as shaping the overall investment portfolio of the Clark Group.
With over 25 years commercial experience, Marc combines strong conceptual ideology with experience of construction techniques within a luxury-build environment. With a core focus on exceptional quality, Marc has a proven track record of designing award-winning architectural icons to the highest standard.
His uncompromising approach to craftsmanship has ensured that Clark Estates has quickly built and maintained a first class reputation of excellence within the industry.
Outside of the daily focus on property, Marc is a keen investor and is a strong contributor to the overall investment strategy of the Clark Group.
Chris is a seasoned IT & technology consultant with specialism within ERP ‘end-to-end’ systems integration. Chris provides technology leadership within the Clark Group together with investment appraisal for associated private equity investment opportunities.
Having worked with over 30 different SME businesses, Chris is adept at leveraging technology to facilitate strategic and operational wins. As an operational actor, Chris walks-the-talk by using his preferred systems and technologies within one of the Clark Group investments.
A high-level thinker, Chris is a strategist with strong commercial acumen. His particular strength is understanding complex business process in tandem to new and emerging software technologies.
Chris is a specialist within IT services & hosting, manufacturing, logistics & distribution.