Thanks to a £10,000 start-up loan, Ilkeston mechanic Robert Stevenson has been able to make a living out of his passion for classic cars.
Now four-and-a-half years after he set up A-Series Spares in the family workshop, he has grown the business and moved out to larger premises in the Ropewalk Industrial Estate.
“As you can imagine, starting a business during a recession made it very difficult to secure the bank funding we needed to transform our workshop into the business we wanted it to be,” he said.
“After being turned down for a loan I went to First Enterprise Business Agency (FEBA) and was able to get a start-up loan of £10,000 which was invaluable in allowing us to launch.”
The business provides specialist services including producing tailored and modern products for classic cars such as central locking systems and electric windows, meaning people can have the classic cars they love, complete with up-to-date specifications.
The other side of the company provides old fastenings for classic cars as well as nuts, bolts and spares for current motor vehicles.
The team of three at A-Series Spares also design products and electrics that people want added to their vehicles. The company then outsources the manufacturing of these products to Europe and the US, allowing them to provide a completely bespoke service to their customers.
Robert added: “We are doing very well and both the ‘nuts and bolts’ and classic car side of the business are growing month by month through word of mouth and positive online reviews.”