A YOUNG car enthusiast who got the idea for starting his business from YouTube is cleaning up the car valeting market in Fife and the Lothians – with his waterless valeting company.
23 year-old Aaron Simpson, from Dunfermline, is founder of Vteam Scotland, a professional car valeting company with a difference.
No water is required – saving up to 200 litres per wash – and all the products are non-toxic, ensuring no chemicals go down drains and customers benefit from a completely eco-friendly service.
The waterless concept is already popular in the States but very few places in the UK offer the service, which Mr Simpson came across while researching YouTube for inspiration with starting a new business.
Explaining, he said: “I was working as a shop manager and didn’t have any real career prospects ahead of me. I had been talking about starting my own business for years and decided I should finally do something about it.
“I started following videos on YouTube of people who had invented new products and came across this new valeting technology.
“I investigated the idea further and found a company in England who could supply me with the products. I was quite simply blown away by the results and thought to myself it’s now or never.”
Mr Simpson approached the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust in Fife to help get his idea off the ground and was nominated to receive funding from the BT Scotland Young E-ntrepreneurs awards scheme.
The scheme helps young people make the most of e-commerce to boost their start-up business.
The monies helped Mr Simpson get his website up and running after many long nights spent perfecting every page. This can be viewed at www.vteam-scotland.com.
“PSYBT have been incredibly supportive,” said Mr Simpson. “The funds have greatly helped with the essential start-up costs such as buying the van, products and the website has been a great marketing boost to his business. “
Through the scheme, which is now in its tenth year, BT Scotland has invested more than £440,000 in supporting new Scottish businesses.
Brendan Dick, director at BT Scotland, said: ”Aaron exemplifies what the BT Scotland Young E-ntrepreneurs scheme is all about new ideas, initiative and determination. He has taken the brave step from thinking about setting up his own business to doing it, and we are glad to have the opportunity to support him.”
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