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Mark Smith

  • Role Title: Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 7931 597617
  • Email: MS@boomtower.co.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Business School
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


The Car Finance Company, Executive Chairman and Founder

Mark was born in 1969 and lived in the New Forest throughout his childhood. In 1985 Mark joined the Royal Navy Police. After 14 years of service Mark was pensioned and spent the next ten years working in specialist consumer finance.

Mark founded 'The Car Finance Company' from a spare bedroom in his Portsmouth home in 2007. Annualised lending now at £150m and £80m revenues. Employing just under 500 staff and ranked second in the 'Sunday Times Fast Track 100, 2014'.  The company was ranked tenth in the same publication in 2015, and simultaneously ranked seventy fourth in the 'Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to work for in the UK'.

Mark sold the company to a New York private equity in 2015. Seven current open directorships.


The News Business Excellence Awards winner

CICM British Cedit Awards 2015 winner

Best Company 2015

The Sunday Times Best Companies to work for 2015

EY Entrepreneur of the Year - 2015 Regional Award Winner

National Business Awards UK

The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2014 and 2015

Inspiring Business London and South East Winner - Director of the year award 2014

South Coast Business Awards finalist 2014

ICM British Credit Awards finalist 2014

The FDs' Excellence Awards

BusinessFinance Awards finalist 2014

CCR Credit Excellence Awards winner 2014

Bronze Stevie Winner International Business Awards 2014

Credit Today Awards finalist 2013 and 2014

Great Britain Entrepreneur Awards winnder 2013

ICM British Credit Awards winner 2013

Credit Today Awards finalist 2012 (Responsible Lender of the Year)

F & I Lender of the Year award 2011