I went to Australia in 1967 and was a jackaroo on sheep station and then became a stockbroker and then an off-sider, building a road in Victoria. After this I went to Perth in Western Australia and sold Italian and Yugoslavian women photographs of their babies. I then worked in the Hamersley Iron Ore Mines at Dampier. I worked for George Wills & Co in Perth and then the Combined Insurance Company of America.
I then started several businesses related to marketing and returned to London in 1971 to work as a stockbroker in the City of London.
I founded Shirlstar Container Transport Limited in 1973 with £200 and built the business up into a leading container transport company. The company became part of Shirlstar (Holdings) Limited and the container fleet was sold in the late 1990s. I was a Director and the largest single shareholder of Richardson & Westgarth Plc. Richardson & Westgarth employed 2000 people and had 14 subsidiaries.
I also managed to take over Pyman Bell & Co Limited, a 140 year old timber company in the North East.