Richard Carr’s Business Beginnings

Today on Richard Carr’s Commercial and Residential website, we take a look at an article wrote about the entrepreneur when he was aged 29, by the Alfred Lambs magazine.

Alfred Lambs feature

The full two page feature, which talks about Richard Carr’s early years in business and his powerboat career, is available to read in the ‘Press’ section of his website.

The lengthy article opens by explaining Richard’s route into the fast food outlet industry, beginning with the time he spent as a farmer during his spell in agricultural college.

Richard Carr Alfred Lambs

Richard Carr’s feature in the Alfred Lambs feature

The feature spells out Richard’s desire to constantly better himself and become a successful businessmen. It took a number of small-time jobs before Richard eventually landed on his feet.

He worked on motor cruisers as a handy man; took a course in heavy engineering which set him as a welder for twelve months and then slowed made his way into the leisure industry working in hotels and restaurants.

Allied Restaurants Ltd

Richard Carr opened a fast food outlet in the centre of Bournemouth and for two years ran a Hamby House, with great success. His potential was recognised by fast food giants Wimby and it was his relationship with them that kick started his business career.

Carr created Allied Restaurants and by the time he was 29, he had amassed 19 Wimby restaurants along with two major night clubs: Zig Zags in Bournemouth and the Mariner Complex in Poole.

In November 1987, Allied went public with a workforce of over 1,000 people.

Warrior Powerboat

The second half of the feature provides insight into Richard’s passion and success as a powerboat racer.

In 1985 he acquired a Phantom deep vee monohull Warrior and set about trying to win the Class 2 Championship. He narrowly missed out, finishing second before Tim Hill’s Double Two Shirts team.

The article continues by talking about Richard’s character and personality as a powerboat racer and his larger than life attitude.

About Richard Carr

As a powerboat racer, Richard went onto become one of the UK’s most recognised. Arguably his greatest achievement was becoming British Championship. More information about his career can be found on his Powerboat Racing website.

Richard’s business career enjoyed similar highs and he now operates as a commercial and residential development consultant for Jacob Carr Homes Ltd.


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