Having trained as an engineer Tim realised that utilising his engineering skills in a more commercial sense would open up more career opportunities. He rapidly established himself in technical sales and within a year was a regional export manager for a company selling power electronics into the Far East. Tim then joined what became the Swatch Group in their sports timing division where he stayed for twenty years. In that period he travelled widely and became something of an expert in “Olympic Technology” and expanded his activities into general management in the organisation, rising to director level. During his time with the Swatch Group he spent 5 years living and working in Switzerland. Tim left the corporate world in 2003 and is now heavily involved in supporting micro and small businesses and is very active in the Federation of Small Businesses. He holds a number of Directorships including an HR company, a procurement consultancy, an Indian software company and an engineering company building racing cars.