Robert Norman Edmiston, Baron Edmiston (born 6 October 1946) is a British motor trade entrepreneur based in the West Midlands who has established a number of religious and educational charities, including Christian Vision.
Bob Edmiston became a millionaire through his companies IM Group, a car importer, and IM Properties. In 1974 he was finance director at sports car manufacturer Jensen Motors, and used a £6,000 redundancy payout when the company went bankrupt to set up International Motors, which acquired the UK franchise for Subaru and Isuzu cars. He later branched out into property and vehicle finance. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2013 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK, he was placed 209th with an estimated fortune of £440million. IM Group is now managed by his son, Andrew Edmiston.
Edmiston is an Evangelical Christian and has made large donations to charities which he has established.
Through two other charities, Edmiston is the sponsor of three secondary schools within the English academy programme (Grace Academy (Coventry) and Grace Academy (Solihull)) and more recently, Grace Academy Darlaston: he is chair of the governors for all three academies.
The academies follow a Christian ethos. On 20 August 2013, the academies were among schools named by The Independent newspaper and the British Humanist Association as adopting policies similar in wording to the repealed anti-gay legislation Section 28.
He was one of the businessmen behind Midlands Industrial Council, a Conservative Party political campaigning organization.
In 2005 The Times reported that he was on a list of proposed new working peers; however, his nomination was overtaken by the "Cash for Peerages" scandal and was blocked by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
On 19 November 2010 it was announced that Edmiston is to be created a Life Peer. He sits as a Conservative in the House of Lords,  with the title (created 14 January 2011) Baron Edmiston, of Lapworth in the County of Warwickshire. In the House of Lords debate on gay marriage on 3 June 2013, Lord Edmiston opposed gay marriage on the grounds that it could lead to other forms of marriage. He said: "If there is no possibility of genetic offspring or indeed no requirement for consummation, why should not close relatives get married?" [Hansard].
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- IC Birmingham
- Christian Vision, Registered Charity no. 1031031 at the Charity Commission
- 1117366 Grace Academy Coventry, Registered Charity no. 1117366 at the Charity Commission
- Grace Academy Solihull, Registered Charity no. 1103029 at the Charity Commission
- Grace Academy
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