BUSINESSMAN Martin Clark has handed over the accountancy firm he started 40 years ago, writes Shivani Chaudhari.
The 76-year-old has run ‘Martin G Clark’ since February 1980.
He originally looked after his clients from his home but the firm quickly grew and he relocated it to Aston Fields in 1989 where it now represents 250 local businesses.
Martin’s company has now been merged with Cutter and Co Chartered Accountants and he will continue to work there part-time to ensure a smooth transition in the coming months.
Paul Cutter from Cutter and Co said: “We work with companies and individuals across many sectors and are looking forward to working with the clients of Martin G Clark and Co alongside Martin.
“We are excited to be able to offer those clients additional new service offerings via our Chartered Tax Advisor status and our associated firm Cutter and Co Financial Planning.”
Martin said: “Our aim is to ensure clients see very little change but benefit from having access to the wider range of services the combined firms will now be able to provide.
“Emphasis will be place on continuing to provide a modern, efficient and knowledgeable service to all clients.
“Letting go is hard but it had to happen at some point and it will give me time to pursue the other interests I have.”
The merger has come at a good time for table tennis enthusiast Martin who is busy preparing to compete in the World Veterans’ Championships in Bordeaux in June.
Martin has had a passion for the sport since taking it up as a teenager and, as well as a highly thought of player, he is also a highly respected figure as an administrator on the international table tennis stage.
He was the Treasurer of the English Table Tennis Association which led him to becoming the ‘financial expert’ for the European Table Tennis Union.
He was also a member of the veterans’ committee on the International Table Tennis Federation between 2003 and 2013.
And he was an official anti-doping team at the 2012 London Olympics which led to him being invited to a celebratory garden party at Buckingham Palace.