Fran Cotton and Steve Smith have led eventful lives.
After enjoying huge success as International rugby players through the 70’s, they founded Cotton Traders in 1987 and over the years have made it into one of the most successful mail order companies in the UK. It now employs 1000 staff and has an annual turnover of more than £65 million.
When you sit down with them, it’s immediately clear that they’re a double act. They complement each other well and exchange the kind of edgy banter that only the closest friends enjoy.
So how did two tough guys, engaged in one of the most bruising sports known to mankind, end up running a successful mail order company?
Click on the timeline below to see what Fran and Steve have to say about some of the most memorable dates in their careers.