Contents: Chapter 1 - Swapping the classroom for the auction halls. Covering the early years as Tom walks out of school aged 11 to start his business buying and selling cars in the Glasgow Auction Halls, unable to read or write. Chapter 2 - Making my first million by the age of 17. The fast track years from schoolboy to businessman and how he made his first million by 17. Chapter 3 - From Hero to Zero. - The dramatic crash of his business literally overnight at the same time as risking losing his eyesight. Chapter 4 - Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace. - Tells the story of Tom's totally unorthodox way of doing business and the bizarre places he bought and sold cars. Chapter 5 - The Customer is King - How Tom has strived to give his customers the ultimate experience and how celebrities have played a key role in his business. Chapter 6 - Diversify and Prosper - Tom Hartley is known for his car empire, but he also has another successful business in the Park Home industry and why it is equally important. Chapter 7 - Home is where the heart is. A 40 acre estate in the heart of the English countryside is not only the base for Tom's business but also where his home is. Literally showing business and pleasure can mix. Chapter 8 - It's a Family Affair - Family is everything to Tom Hartley and this chapter describes the key role they play in the business - with comments from his family on what makes Tom tick. Chapter 9 - My Mentor and Inspirations - Tom's only mentor was his father Tom, but the chapter also looks at people who have inspired Tom. Chapter 10 - What the Media Say about Tom Hartley - Covers the unique relationship Tom has enjoyed with the media over his life. Also four pages of headlines from various media. Chapter 11- The Winning Formula - Tom describes his winning formula and finishes with his Top Tips on how to win at business.
Tom Hartley was born in 1961, the second child of Tom and Helen Ann Hartley - Romany travellers who sold carpets across Scotland. Tom's early life as a child was spent travelling with his parents in their caravan. The family moved into their first house in the late '60s, and set up a cash and carry carpet shop in Glasgow. Tom attended Hamilton Primary School, but left school when he was 11, unable to read or write, to start selling used cars - wheeling and dealing against established dealers as a schoolboy in the cutthroat world of the Glasgow car auctions. Tom had made his first million by the age of 17, but soon ran into trouble - his business went bust and he needed an operation to save his sight. He spent the next few years rebuilding the business with his wife Priscilla, once again living in a caravan. By 1982 he was back in business, his first child was born, and the family moved into their first home in Derbyshire. Within a year he had bought 40 acres of land next to his home and started to create his business empire dealing in luxury, performance, and supercars. He hasn't looked back since, having created a family business dynasty now valued at over GBP200 million.
After reading this you will never look at any car dealer quite the same ... Job done. - Octane (UK) --- [You] will gain some understanding of what goes on in a world often hidden away. - www.silhouet.com --- An inherently fascinating biography - Midwest Book Review --- Hartley always knows what he wants, always has any negotiation fully scoped in advance, never overextends himself. And, seemingly, he never has a bad word to say about anybody. It is philosophy we could all learn from. - Update --- A truly fascinating insight into the mind of one of the car world's great characters. - Classic Cars --- a true insight into [Tom Hartley] ...worth a read - Ferrari Magazine --- Recommended. Tom Hartley's life makes for an amazing story - The View Through The Windshield