A BUSINESSMAN who sells across the world is targeting his American dream.

Kam Kothia, chief executive of Blackburn-based electronics manufacturer time2, is intent on pushing further into the US market.

Mr Kothia, who has already expanded his firm into Europe, says America shows ‘promising potential’.

The 53-year-old set up time2 after nearly two decades of providing e-commerce solutions to other businesses. He now runs a multimillion-pound company with 20 employees.

Mr Kothia, who is from Blackburn, said: “I was involved in providing e-commerce solutions to other companies and for 18 years we were very successful.

“However, about five years ago, I thought, ‘Why not do this ourselves and practise what we preach?’ We did some market research, met suppliers and after some trial and error, got up and running.”

He took his idea on to Amazon Marketplace and now sells to customers across the world.

Mr Kothia added: “Exporting outside the UK was a real challenge, with things like logistics and fulfilment and returns, but now we have Amazon to take care of that, which allows us to focus on getting the best products and providing the best customer service.”

The launch of time2 coincided with a boom in the technology industry and the growth of smartphones and portable devices. Mr Kothia identified a gap in the market to supply connected devices such as tablet PCs, smart home security cameras and lighting systems that can be monitored and controlled through a compatible phone or tablet from anywhere in the world.

As well as connected devices, Mr Kothia counts tablet computers and smartphone accessories among his strongest sellers. The UK remains the company’s biggest market.

He said: “Towards the end of the year, as the nights grow darker, we see people buying remote lighting technology and surveillance systems which can all be monitored though their smartphones and tablets.

“Tablet devices and accessories like protective covers are always very popular too.”

In his free time Mr Kothia volunteers as the chairman of a trust that governs around 20 schools.