Engineering a bright future for Poole


Engineering sector specialist Martin Poole has become an assistant director at the Birmingham office of Clearwater Corporate Finance, as part of the firm’s continuing growth programme.

Martin, aged 32, was recruited by Clearwater from RSM Robson Rhodes, where he was a senior manager in the corporate finance team.

Deals in which Martin played a key role include the buy-outs of Redirack BV, Birmingham Mint, Zeus Group, several motor dealerships for Cathedral Motor Company, and the acquisition by Boporan Holdings of Hillsdown Holdings’ chicken processing activities.

His role at Clearwater involves originating mid-market buy-outs, acquisitions, disposals and re-financings.

Created through a management buy-out last year, Clearwater is the largest independent corporate finance house in the UK, focusing exclusively on mid-market transactions with a value of up to £100 million. The firm currently has offices in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

Andy Moore, partner and head of Clearwater’s Engineering sector team commented: “Martin’s recruitment will enable us to tap a valuable specialist resource in the engineering sector. He additionally brings knowledge and experience gleaned from a broad range of corporate finance activities.”

Martin added: “I joined Clearwater primarily to build on the experience gained over the past five years, as Clearwater is one of the most active and well respected corporate finance teams in the mid-market. My new role will enable me to maintain my interest in the engineering sector while expanding my experience in other sectors. Also, Clearwater’s relative size enables it to be more dynamic than many larger rivals.”

A mechanical engineering graduate from Loughborough University, Martin is ACA-qualified and worked as a trainee engineer at GKN plc, which sponsored his degree course. His engineering background also includes selling electronic components to engineering and manufacturing companies.

Martin is a keen traveller, recently taking a sabbatical to explore South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. He is also involved with the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.