One of Derbyshire's Most Successful Developers Passes Away

Charles Clowes and the distribution centre in Castle Donington sold to Marks & Spencer to service its online operations.

Charles Clowes and the distribution centre in Castle Donington sold to Marks & Spencer to service its online operations.

Charles Clowes was a Marketing Derby Bondholder, attended many of our embassies and hosted an investor event as a Derby ambassador. His death creates a void in a Derby developer community and I hope his legacy will be to see more of his visions achieved.
— John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby

After being unwell for some time one of Derbyshire's most successful developers, Charles Clowes, passed away yesterday at his home in Brailsford.

Since founding his business in 1964, Mr Clowes built it into one of the strongest and largest privately owned property development groups in the UK. Based in the Derby area the CWC Group was an active Marketing Derby Bondholder.

He worked tirelessly throughout his life and was still doing deals almost to the day he died
— CWC Group

With an impressive record of commercial, retail and residential developments Mr Clowes regularly appeared in The Sunday Times Rich List; in 2013 he was reported to have had a personal wealth of £182 million.

The passing of Charles Clowes is the end of an era, as far as I am concerned. Charles has been a massive part of my working life and I’ve acted for him for over 40 years.
— Stephen Salloway, Managing Director at Salloway

He was also an avid Derby County fan, putting together a consortium bid back in 2004 when the club was £30 million in debt.

Charles was a much admired entrepreneur, international property developer and client and will be sadly missed by many.
— Ralph Jones, Director at Bowmer and Kirkland Group