Sir Tom Farmer

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Sir Tom Farmer founded his own tyre retailing business which he sold in 1969 for £450,000. Sir Tom retired to the United States, but unable to curb his entrepreneurial spirit, he returned to Edinburgh in 1971 to found the Kwik-Fit chain of garages. Rapid growth, mainly through acquisition, and European expansion ensued and in 1991 Kwik-Fit was sold to ford for more than £1 billion.

Sir Tom Farmer is the first Scot to be awarded the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal for philanthropy, he was also a made Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, not to mention his appointment of Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2009 New Year Honours for his work as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Football is another passion of Sir Tom’s, owning a majority share in Edinburgh based, Hibs Football Club.

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