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Tom (left) and his brother Phil were contacted by Andy Murray earlier this year
The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Tom Beahon, co-founder of UK sportswear brand Castore.When two young Englishmen started turning up at luxury fabric mills in Italy, you can understand if the Italians initially thought they were crazy.Brothers Tom and Phil Beahon were just 25 and 22 years old respectively at the time, back in 2015. Their vision was to create a new luxury sportswear company. But they had two significant hurdles to overcome – they had no idea how to make clothes, and they had no contacts in the industry.Undeterred, they went to mills in Italy and Switzerland, and factories in Portugal, just knocking on doors, and hoping that someone would listen, offer advice, and support their vision.Amazingly, their plan worked. “We went to these mills and factories knowing nothing about clothes manufacturing, but we were passionate about what we wanted to create, and people responded to that,” says Tom, now 29.
Tom played football for Tranmere Rovers from the age of eight to 21
A year later, using their own savings, and funding from entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin StartUp scheme, their first run of Castore clothing went on sale online.Tod
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