Alan Revie started his career in the tyre industry at the age of seventeen as a tyre fitter. He started moving up the management ladder working for a number of tyre companies, until eventually working for the German tyre manufacturer Continental.
During his time at Continental, Alan was the Managing Director of the UK business and also had the task of opening new businesses throughout Europe.
In 1996, Alan decided to start his own international tyre trading business and successfully launched this by trading tyres from all areas of the world, to tyre retailers and wholesalers across Europe.
In 1999 he was one of five founding partners to start the highly successful and pioneering internet tyre company Delti-Com, based in Hanover, Germany. This business grew rapidly to become a truly global player with sales in over 40 countries. In October 2006 the partners completed a successful flotation and Delti-Com now has a full listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Alan has retained an interest in this business and still today sits on the supervisory board of Delti-Com. At the 2011 AGM, Delti-Com had a market capitalisation value of 800m Euros and annual sales of 8m tyre units worldwide.
In July 2001 Alan was approached by the main board of Continental to look at their retail business in the UK, National Tyre and Autocare, which at the time was failing with losses of £40m per annum. Alan became the C.E.O in September and by December 2001, he announced the acquisition of National Tyre and Autocare by Axle Ltd, a company he had started only months before. The announcement saved 1200 jobs.
The move marked an incredible period for Alan as it was with National Tyres that he started his career as a tyre fitter in 1976 rising to branch manager before leaving in 1980. Since 2001 Axle Group Holdings Ltd. has grown and now has a portfolio of five companies.
During February 2008, Alan created Axle Investments by pulling together all the groups’ commercial property assets which he now utilises as a vehicle to make further investments. Alan has also sat at executive level on a number of industry boards including the Tyre Wholesale Group (TWG), National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) and was a founding member/director of the Tyre Industry Federation (TIF) which is now the leading industry body.
He is well known for his philanthropy work and has supported many charities over the years. Alan is a trustee of Enlight, the venture philanthropy vehicle of Entrepreneurial Scotland. He has also been a board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland and a founding member of the London Entrepreneurial Scotland.
His latest business venture saw the opening of the five-star Edinburgh restaurant with rooms - 21212. Recently voted the Best New Restaurant at the National Restaurant Awards, 21212 received a Michelin Star only months after opening while the chef was named Chef of the Year in 2011.