|Name Tahir Mohsan|
Tahir Mohsan is the founder of Time Computers, Supanet and Tpad, and currently manages several investment companies from his base in Dubai.
Mohsan was born and educated in Blackburn and is one of five brothers. He comes from a family of Pakistani origin and has been one of the richest young Britons.
In 1987, at the age of 16, he founded Time Computers, which went on to become Britain’s largest PC manufacturer with a turnover of over $750 million. He has retained an interest in the business to this day, having moved to Dubai in 2001 to develop the Time brand in the Middle East and South East Asia.
Time Group continues in the UK, Middle East and the Far East, supplying computers, notebooks, plasma screens and TFT screens around the world.
In 1996 he was asked by the East Lancashire Training & Enterprise Council to become a non executive director, in which post he remained until 2000, when the councils were disbanded.
Mohsan also owns the UK's 5th largest Internet service provider Supanet, currently under the control of his brother Zuber Mohsan who is the company's managing director the Mohsans family investment companies have interests in the IT and property industries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. These range from hardware manufacturing and sales to Internet services, software development and Voice over IP technology company Tpad.
In 1999 he was asked to become a non executive director of the newly founded University for Industry, chaired by Lord Dearing. Its aim was to use the latest advances in the fields of IT to bring education to all members of the British public. Mohsan was tasked with chairing the IT subcommittee which went on to launch on time, on budget, the largest online university in the world. In 2004, he resigned as chairman and director due to ever increasing commitments in Dubai.
In 2000, Mohsan was invited to attend Buckingham palace by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as part of a group of young people who had achieved a great deal for their communities. In the same year, he had bestowed on him an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Lancashire for services to industry.
Also in 2000, he was asked by the Chairman of the East Lancashire Training and Enterprise Councils and Business Link to set up a business support agency for integrating the ethnic businesses of Lancashire into the main population. The results was the Asian Business Federation, which was launched in June 2000.
He was approached by the Hilton Hotels group to become an Independent co-opted Trustee and be a resident on the Board of Trustees, which is part of the Hilton in the community scheme.
Today, as part of Enterprise4All, the ABF covers the whole North West region and continues to thrive under the chairmanship of Mohsan.
In 2006, Mohsan set up the VoIP telephony company Tpad, which specialises in providing business telephone systems and solutions to businesses, the public sector and corporates around the world. Tpad has its headquarters in Jersey, with service centres and presence in the UAE, India, Hong Kong, United States, UK and Canada.
Awards and nominations
In January 2014, Mohsan was nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.