Inspiring Purpose

Tom Farmer

Sir Tom is the founder of Kwik-Fit, one of the World's largest automotive parts repair and replacement specialists. He has spent all of his working life in the Tyre and Automotive industry.

He was born 10th July 1940 in Edinburgh and educated at St. Mary's Primary School and Holy Cross Academy. He opened his first business, Tyres & Accessory Supplies in 1964 in Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh.

In 1971 he founded Kwik-Fit in Edinburgh, which developed into one of the world's largest automotive service companies with more than 2,300 company owned service parts and insurers. In April 1999, The Ford Motor Company made an agreed offer of £1.2billion for Kwik-Fit. Sir Tom left Kwik-Fit in February 2002 and now concentrates on his other business interests including property development and investments in new business start-ups.

Sir Tom is well known for his involvement in a number of charity and community projects. His present appointments include, Chairman of The Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Trustee of the Clerk Maxwell Cancer Research Fund, Honorary President - Young Enterprise Scotland, Trustee of Scottish Business Achievement Award Trust, Honorary President of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh.

His honours are Knights Bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (From Pope John Paul II) Officier in de Orde van Orange-Nassau of The Netherlands (From Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands). The Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (From the President of Poland).

He has been married to wife Anne for 40 years and they have one daughter, Sally aged 39, one son John aged 38 and three grandchildren.

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