Our client a football-mad entrepreneur has made a remarkable comeback after being made redundant. Tomas Jones, 28, from Ruabon, near Wrexham, turned his passion for the beautiful game into a successful business selling replica football shirts and match-worn shirts. Now his internet-based company, Vintagefootballshirts.com, has scored a global hit and has customers as far afield as America, Australia and Asia.
In all, Tomas has over 5,000 shirts for sale, including one worn by former Italian superstar Roberto Baggio in the 1994 World Cup. His favourite, though, is one that has come full circle – a Barcelona shirt worn by former Wales manager Mark Hughes, who comes from Ruabon. The local legend played at the Nou Camp in the 1980s following his transfer from Manchester United.
Things didn’t look so rosy for Tomas when the former welder was one of 200 people who lost their jobs when the Air Products factory in Acrefair closed down in 2009. The timing for was “pretty dire” because he had just signed to buy a flat days before the bombshell news came through. But his never-say-die attitude turned adversity into triumph with our help According to Tomas our help in navigating the potential minefield of setting up and running the company was vital. He said: “It’s absolutely imperative that you have the right financial and tax advice when you’re running a company. “It means I can just concentrate on the football shirts side of the business instead of worrying about tax returns and any potential pitfalls. Anthony is helping the company to develop and grow. He provides expert support that’s enabling me to maximise our potential.”