27th March: Mark Smith
Mark Smith – The Car Finance Company
Born in 1969 and lived in The New Forest throughout childhood.
Joined the Royal Navy in 1985 at the age of 16 as a junior mechanic, later transferring to the Royal Navy Police. After 14 years service eventually war pensioned and then spent ten years in specialist consumer finance. Founded “The Car Finance Company” from spare bedroom of Portsmouth home in 2007. Annualized lending now at £150m and £80m revenues. Now employing 450 staff, ranked 2nd in “The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 - 2014”, and ranked 10th in the same publication in 2015, simultaneously ranked 74th in “The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to work for” in the UK.