Schoolboy builds up a successful business

Timothy Gutteridge shakes hands with his accountant James Sewell, director of Wright Vigar Ltd at Sleaford

Timothy Gutteridge shakes hands with his accountant James Sewell, director of Wright Vigar Ltd at Sleaford

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A schoolboy who set up a 
business from his bedroom has been praised for his young entrepreneurial spirit.

Timothy Gutteridge is the founder and owner of 
Floorfillers – a disco equipment and bouncy castle hire company. And his services are already in demand.

The biggest event he has worked at so far was for a wedding of 500 at Rauceby.

“It started when I bought a set of disco lights off eBay,” said Carres Grammar School pupil Timothy.

“I officially started doing equipment hire in March, but have been putting on discos for friends for three years. I’ve been working from my bedroom and my parents’ garage.”

At just 16, Timothy has been praised by his accountant, who says he is his youngest client.

James Sewell, director of Wright Vigar Ltd in Sleaford, said: “It was a brave entrepreneurial move to set up a business and grow it during a difficult time in the economy, while still completing his studies.

“Acquiring commercial and life skills will stand Timothy in good stead in the future.”

The teenager offers the hire and set-up of disco equipment and PA systems.

“Some people do their own discos now by plugging their iPods in,” he said. “I can set up the equipment, show them how to use it, and make sure everything sounds great.”

He added: “I’m now keen to do more special events such as 18th and 21st parties.”