Founder of car finance company wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

Award winner Mark Smith
Award winner Mark Smith
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The director of a Portsmouth-based car finance company has won the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Mark Smith, chairman and founder of The Car Finance Company, was named the winner in the London and South EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in London.

I am very honoured to receive such a prestigious award. Being named winner is a real and lasting achievement that highlights the great work everyone here at The Car Finance Company is doing and I very much look forward to competing for the UK title

Mark Smith

He said: ‘I am very honoured to receive such a prestigious award. Being named winner is a real and lasting achievement that highlights the great work everyone here at The Car Finance Company is doing and I very much look forward to competing for the UK title.’

The company is one of Britain’s leading lenders of car finance to people who are denied access to mainstream credit. Founded in 2007 it now has branches throughout England and Wales, with its headquarters in Portsmouth.

The Entrepreneur of the Year (EY) programme is all about discovering exceptional companies and business leaders from all walks of life.

Steve Varley, chairman and Managing Partner of UK&I, said: ‘EY’s programme is not only a celebration of entrepreneurship, but also builds networks which span the world.

‘It’s not only about winning an award; it’s about growing networks, making contacts and leveraging knowledge. I look forward every year to playing my part in this fantastic EY programme.’

Mark will now compete for the prestigious overall EY title, which will be held in October. For more details visit ey.com/UK/en/About-us/Entrepreneurship/
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