Tim Waterstone

Founder at Waterstones

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“I think you’ve got to be completely open with everything you tell everybody, your staff, your shareholders; when you start to hide truth, when you start to conceal things, it always ends in disaster – just be open’”

Tim Waterstone

Founder at Waterstones

“Your vision has got to be very clear. It’s the secret of great politicians that they have a very simple tune to whistle”

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The former Chairman of HMV Media Group and Founder of Waterstone’s retailers, Tim is one of the most astute and determined businessmen of the last decade.

Tim founded the remarkably successful Waterstone’s booksellers with £6000 of the redundancy money he received when he was sacked from WH Smith in 1982. Nine years later he sold the company to his previous employers for £47m.

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