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Sam makes light work of new business venture

posted 18 May 2011, 00:32 by RiDO Rotherham
A Rotherham man’ has turned his childhood hobby into a flourishing business thanks to his fascination with flashing lights.
Sam Goddard, from Aston, is now a successful entrepreneur after launching his own company, Response Vehicle Lighting, just 12 months ago and it’s going from strength to strength.
The 18 year old explained: “After getting my hands on my first amber light at the age of six, my passion for problem solving was unearthed when I couldn’t get it to work. I desperately wanted to make it glow, but unfortunately, at such a young age, I didn’t have the skills or tools to take on the challenge!
“As I got older, I started to collect other lights, any that I could find to add to my collection, and began to establish some basic skills by, taking the lights apart, splitting up all the components and looking into which part of the light circuit was effectively stopping the bulb from lighting.”
Sam then took it to the next level when he could confidently get broken lights to work again and found that there was a market on the internet for the products and maintenance services he could offer. 
After finishing his GCSEs, Sam decided to turn his hobby into a profession and visited business coaches at Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) for some valuable advice and to discuss the way forward.
He said: “I met with Darren McDool who supported me with my business plan and found me local premises to work from. The team at RYE have helped me turn my dream into reality and have assisted in the set up of Response Vehicle Lighting which over the last 12 months has been an exciting and successful adventure.”
In April last year, Sam registered as a Sole Trader and has since built up a range of new and refurbished vehicle lights. He has since supplied lights for highway maintenance, recovery, mountain rescue vehicles and private ambulances.
Jackie Frost from RYE said: “Sam came to us needing a little pushing in the right direction. He was one of our youngest ever budding entrepreneurs and he has made a great success of his company. I think he surprised himself at just how capable he is with meeting demand and deadlines– not bad for a young lad who liked to play with lights!”