Tim Watts is the Chairman of Pertemps, a recruitment company founded by his mother Constance Watts in 1961. Started with £500 in a small office in Birmingham, Pertemps now has approximately 30,000 people on its payroll.
Tim Watts joined the family business in 1970 to help set up a second office in Wolverhampton. The accountancy course he had been planning was postponed indefinitely when the company saw rapid growth. Pertemps remains a family business, now with 150 offices across Britain and a turnover of over £300 million.
Will Butler-Adams, Brompton Bicycle Ltd
Managing Director ofr Brompton Bicycle Ltd Will is passionate about all things Engineering. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.
Will joined Brompton in 2002 and took over as the MD in 2008. Over that period the company has grown from a £2mil turnover with 27 staff to one of over £13mil turnover with 120+ staff. He rides a Brompton.
Brompton design, manufacture, market and distribute folding bikes, 70% are sold over seas and all are made in London. Over 1200 parts go into making each of the 28,000 Brompton’s sold annually; of which 75% of the parts are designed in house and over 50% are manufactured on site.
Will is married with 3 girls under the age of 6, which when not making bicycles keeps him buys. He manages to grow a few veggies in his patch, combined with the odd chicken when it has not been eaten by the fox.
Margareta Pagano, Business Editor of the Independent on Sunday
Margareta Pagano is Business Editor of the Independent on Sunday and was shortlisted for Business Journalist of the Year in 2009 for her coverage of the credit-crunch. She is a specialist writer on all aspects of business and economics.
Before the Independent, she was founding editor, and then associate editor of the successful “Financial News,” the specialist financial newspaper aimed at the securities and investment banking industry, which she co founded in 1996, and which is now part of Dow Jones.
She is a former City editor of the Sunday Correspondent, Financial Editor of the Independent on Sunday and worked as a senior business and financial journalist for the Times, Guardian, Daily and Sunday Telegraph.
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