Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, which is why we work closely with The Ark.
The Ark has an abundance of experience within the financial world. With an established network of investors at the ready, who have an eye for selecting high growth opportunities.
Together, Oakwood and The Ark provide funding and advice that cements long term strategic value. We can maximise your business potential and help your business grow.
The Ark Strategy
To foster collaboration and support between entrepreneurs, support agencies, funders and experienced individuals so that your business can thrive.
To nurture business with direct support and co-investment alongside The Arks strategic partners
Chief Executive Officer, The ARK
Oakwood have a longstanding business relationship with Rupert Lyle, who founded The Ark.
Rupert has managed investments in High Growth Businesses for 3i, West Midlands Enterprise, The Baring English Growth Fund and Barclays Ventures and Catapult Venture Managers in the Midlands.
As well as a skilled professional investor and advisor, Rupert also has a strong entrepreneurial streak. Having personally acquired, developed and then sold an ‘Outstanding’ graded, children’s day nursery; and created and launched @pizza,– a unique pizza restaurant concept which has risen rapidly to become the Number 1 ranked restaurant in Birmingham on TripAdvisor since opening in Feb 2019.
This blend of professionalism and entrepreneurialism, means Rupert has always had a strong affinity with the Founders and/or CEO’s of High Growth Businesses. However, whilst sitting on the Advisory Committee of the London Co-Investment Fund, he realised that due to the fragmented nature of support and funding in the Midlands the entrepreneurial talent running High Growth Businesses were being poorly served. With a vision to address this by fostering a spirit of cooperation amongst the existing fragmented ecosystem he formulated the idea that culminated in the launch of The Ark.
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Meet the rest of the ARK team here
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