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Tarak Ramzan

Tarak Ramzan is Managing Director of Kast Retail Ltd trading as Quiz and Tarak Manufacturing Co Ltd.  Tarak left University after his first year of Pharmacy to help his father manage Tarak Manufacturing Co Ltd. Tarak took over the running of the business from his father in 1981.  Prior to Tarak taking over at Tarak Manufacturing it was a small manufacturing company producing ladies tailored garments, employing approximately 25 people.  Throughout the 1980’s Tarak built up the company to employing 250 people with all the manufacturing being produced in the Glasgow factory and supplying most of the major retailers on the high street.

Towards the end of the 1980’s the writing was on the wall for clothing manufacturing in Britain and the turnover and profits started dropping.  Tarak set up some manufacturing bases in the Far East but with limited success, with the income stream still dropping further he decided to start Quiz as a retail chain selling young ladies fashion clothing in 1995.The company started with 3 shops in its first year and since then Tarak has grown the company into its present state of having 60 stores in most of the major shopping centres in the UK.  With more branches due to open over the next 6 months, there is an initial target of having 200 Quiz stores throughout the UK.  The company now employs just over 600 members of staff and is growing at a rate of 15 – 20% year on year.  Although the last few years have been tough on the high street, Quiz has undergone a major restructure with the cost base reduced.  With the restructure complete Quiz is now poised for the next phase of growth with another 10 branches in the UK to open in the next three months. Quiz has also opened 30 concessions in leading department stores throughout the UK and Ireland and there are more concessions planned to open this year.  Quiz has also opened an online transactional website which is showing tremendous growth.  www.quizclothing.co.uk  Another company Tarak International Ltd was formed with a view to Quiz becoming an international brand.  To date 31 franchise stores are open worldwide with further international outlets and concessions planned in the next 12 months including Russia and the USA.  Tarak’s ambition is to build Quiz into a major international brand and the foundations are being laid for the next stage of growth. 

Tarak has also diversified successfully into property in one of his other companies, with future new projects planned.

He is also involved with several charity organisations and during his career he has mentored several start-up companies. 

Tarak is an extremely enthusiastic entrepreneur, he believes that you must have a passion for whatever career you choose and you must have big ambitions.

Brian Williamson

Brian is an entrepreneur with business interests that span various sectors. Having received his Diploma in Engineering from The Glasgow Caledonian University he embarked upon a successful management career with Weir Pumps (now Clyde Union, part of the Clyde Blower Group). 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. Eurotech was an award-winning business, 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.

Today, Brian is the Executive Chairman of the company. http://www.brightworkltd.com/. This Scottish-based recruitment company specialises in both temporary and permanent placements and from sales of £9m in the first year, it has expanded to a current turnover of £15m. It employs 30 full time staff and over 1000 temporary staff.

In 2008, Brian joined the existing team of talented founders of a company called Jumpstart. This rapidly expanding business specialises in recovering funds from HMRC through Research and Development Tax Credits. With Brian’s leadership in business development, increasing numbers of UK customers are experiencing the direct benefits of the services of the country’s leading R&D tax credit specialist. http://www.jumpstartuk.co.uk

Through The Leadership Factory, Brian also operates as part of a team of business leaders that coach and mentor top teams and executives in the area of high performance. http://www.leadershipfactory.co.uk

Tiger eye, Brian’s own consultancy business 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

Hotel Du Vin At One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow One Devonshire
Glasgow
G12 0UX

0141 576 2265

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Chairman

Brian Williamson, Tiger eye, www.tiger-eye.org

Speakers

  • Tarak Ramzan, t/a Quiz, www.quizclothing.co.uk
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