Young entrepreneur Ollie Brendon impressed Grantham Journal Business Awards judges with his commitment and drive to succeed. The 19-year-old, a former pupil of Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn, runs his own business, Absolute Detailing, making a real success of it in a short space of time. Here, Ollie, of Barrowby Lodge, Grantham, tells us more about the business.
How did it feel to be named Young Businessperson of the Year?
Incredible, a shock to say the least. I couldn’t quite believe it when my name was read out; it proves that hard work does pay off. It was a huge motivator for myself and the business moving forward.
What inspired you to set up your own business?
I’ve always been entrepreneurial – at 16 I was importing socks from China and selling them on eBay. I don’t think I can put it down to a time or place, I guess it’s just who I am. I never anticipated Absolute Detailing would take off the way it has done, but it’s all fun.
For those who don’t know, can you explain what services Absolute Detailing provides?
Absolute Detailing stocks and distributes car care products from both UK and international suppliers. Stocking 10+ brands, Absolute Detailing can cater for almost all of your car care requirements. My main market/customer base is the car enthusiast, the ‘weekend warrior’ as I would call them. I also deal with a handful of car details/valeters across the UK.
Do you think there are enough opportunities for young people in business?
If you have the ambition and motivation you will find and create the opportunity. Personally, I would like to see a government- or council-run scheme which will help and support young business people on their journey to success. It’s not easy starting out, a helping hand wouldn’t go amiss!
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about setting up their own business?
Stay motivated – it’s easy to be sidetracked and disheartened when things don’t go to plan. Always remember the end goal, where you want to be opposed to where you are at the moment. If you put the work in you will be rewarded.
Is there anyone you would like to thank who supported you in setting up your business?
There are masses of people I could thank but above all, my NOT SO little brother, Charlie Brendon. Charlie’s endured the 3am starts and the 1am finishes with me. Always remaining positive and motivated, having Charlie help out has made life a lot easier. Whatever he decides to do, he’ll do well!