Gerard Toplass

Gerard Toplass started his career by becoming the youngest chartered accountant in England and Wales. After a few years in corporate finance at KPMG buying and selling companies, Gerard worked in industry for several years before he met Colin Chisholm and they went into partnership in Chisholm Computers. Gerard started selling computers on the phone and they eventually built Chisholm into a major supplier to the education sector with a factory in Hull making two thousand computers a month, employing 90 staff and turning over £20m before selling it in 2005 in an £8m deal. More recently Gerard acquired Claughtons Office Furniture, which primarily is a supplier to the education sector and in 2014 he created Frillo, an online supplier of all that businesses need. In 2015 Claughtons merged with British Thornton and with Scottish based EME Unite, to become the UKs biggest manufacturer of educational furniture.