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Dad with few GCSEs became boss of multimillion pound business after quick chat with Tesco CEO

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A dad with barely any GCSEs has explained how he became the boss of a multimillion pound company after a simple 30 minute conversation with the former CEO of Tesco.

Mike Welch said he wasn't particularly academic when he was growing up, and as such struggled to engage with school. After getting his first job as a tyre fitter in Birkenhead at the age of 16, Mike was inspired to set up his own business from his parent's home - but little did he know it would be a decision that would shape the next 27 years of his career.

The soon to be dad-of-three has now swapped Liverpool for Miami and is the CEO of - one of America's biggest online tyre retailers with an estimated turnover of more than $100m.

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