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Alan L Revie

Alan started his career in the tyre industry at the age of seventeen as a tyre fitter. Very quickly from that day he started moving up the management ladder working for a number of tyre companies, until eventually working for the German tyre manufacturer Continental.

During his time at Continental Alan was the Managing Director of the UK business and also had the task of opening new businesses in Europe.

In 1996 Alan decided to start his own international tyre trading business, and successfully launched this by trading tyres from all areas of the world, to tyre retailers and wholesalers in Europe.

In 1999 he was one of five founding partners which started the highly successful and pioneering internet tyre company Delti-Com based in Hanover. This business grew rapidly to become a truly global player with sales in over 40 countries. In October 2006 the partners completed a successful IPO and Delti-Com is now listed on the Stock Exchange. Alan has retained an interest in this business and still today sits on the supervisory board of Delti-Com.

In July 2001 Alan was approached by the main board of Continental to look at their retail business in the UK, National Tyres and Autocare. By December 2001, Alan Revie announced the acquisition of National Tyre and Autocare by Axle Ltd., a company he had started only months before.

Since 2001 Axle Group Holdings Ltd. has grown and now has a portfolio of five companies,

                      National Tyres and Autocare (Retail)

                      Viking International (Wholesale)

                      Tyre Shopper (Internet)

                      Channel Island Tyres (Retail)

                      Birkenshaw Distributors (Wholesale)

The turnover of the group in the UK is £180m+ and employs 1400 staff, and combining this with the global turnover of Delti-com brings it overall to  £500m+

During February 2008 Alan created Axle Investments by pulling together all the groups commercial property assets, which he now utilises as a vehicle to make further investments.

Alan is a keen supporter of Breast Cancer Care and the Maggies Centres, and also sits on the main board of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, and Enlight, the venture philanthropy vehicle of the Exchange.

Chris Tiso 

Chris is Chief Executive of Tiso Group Limited, Scotland’s leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailer.  Tiso Group, includes the well known Tiso, Alpine Bikes and George Fisher brands and has a turnover of around £34m employing approximately 450 people across 23 outlets, with branches in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.  The Group has ambitious expansion plans which include a programme of new store openings based on its successful Outdoor Experience concept. 

Chris took over the day to day running of the family owned business in 1992.  Since then he has overseen the growth of the business from five shops with a £5m turnover to its current position. 

Chris is married with a young family and lives in Perthshire.  His primary passion is for sailing.  He is heavily involved in several charities, notably Save the Children of which he is a brand Ambassador, and the Scottish Business Achievement Awards Trust, of which he is both a former award winner and Vice Chairman.  He has also been an active member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange since its early days. At the Inside Elite Awards in 2008, Chris was voted Young Business Leader, and was praised for his steady, targeted and effective growth in a dynamic market. 

Other business interests have included the specialist running and fitness retailer Run4It, of which Chris was a founder shareholder and Director.  More recently Chris had been mentoring Boudiche, a luxury lingerie retailer on behalf o the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust.  This led to him subsequently investing in the business and joining the board.  Boudiche currently operates two retail units in Edinburgh and Glasgow together with a growing online business.  The company has ambitious plans for expansion in the future. 

Brian Williamson

Brian Williamson is an entrepreneur who possesses the knowledge and experience of both a fast-advancing managerial career in industry and of personal high growth business start up. His focus is on maximising talent to achieve extraordinary success.

Brian (Dip Eng) was educated at Glasgow Caledonian University and embarked upon a successful management career with Weir Pumps. Over the next fifteen years he ran companies at board level within several different industry sectors including Electronics, Heavy Engineering, Construction, Petrochemical, and Oil and Gas. In each of these positions he had full P&L responsibility.

He launched his first company in 1995 in the automotive sector and within three years had reached a £5m turnover. Soon after he sold his interest to his fellow shareholders and started his own Oil and Gas company. This award-winning business was acknowledged for its rapid growth and for its exceptional export achievements. In 2004 Brian sold the enterprise to the management team and during this period he became an active investor spending in the region of £150k in a number of start up ventures.

Brian took over as CEO of The Learning Organisation in late 1999 taking the organisation from one with a mediocre performance to one heralded within its industry as a top performer. This was a group specialising in training and business start up. The Group helped train in excess of 25,000 people annually and assisted over 80,000 people start up in business. In 2000 Brian and led an MBO and after seven years led the initiative to sell the group companies to allow him to focus on helping businesses primarily based in Scotland build and grow to businesses of scale. Brian exited from The Learning Organisation Ltd in 2007. 

Brian was key in the Management Buy Out and formation of Brightwork Limited, a Scottish-based recruitment company specialising in both temporary and permanent placements. Brightwork, with sales of £9m in its first year of trading, expanded turnover to £15m by the end of year two and now employs 30 full time staff and over 1000 temporary staff. Brian is the Executive Chairman of the company. http://www.brightworkltd.com/

Tiger Eye, Brian's own consultancy works with companies and individuals helping them transform their business and maximise shareholder value. http://www.tiger-eye.org/ .Through Tiger Eye Brian is also a Non Executive Director of a number of companies assisting them to face their challenges and grasp their opportunities.

In the current economic climate Brian has been heavily involved in business recovery acting not only as the company Doctor but the Surgeon, delivering an effective and speedy business transformation. His motto is "There is always a solution".

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Venue information

21212 3 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh
EH7 5AB

0845 2221212

Chairman

Mr Brian Williamson, Tiger-eye, www.tiger-eye.com

Speakers

  • Mr Alan L Revie, National Tyres & Autocare, www.national-tyres.co.uk
  • Mr Chris Tiso, Tiso Group, www.tiso.com

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