Sheffield football boot entrepreneur Alex Fleming plays a blinder with thriving export business
A Sheffield entrepreneur has hit the back of the net with a thriving football boot business after starting out selling old pairs on eBay.
Alex Fleming now employs two, ships to 50 countries and has supplied players at Sheffield’s two professional teams including Enda Stevens and Jayden Bogle at United, and Owls’ vice-captain Liam Palmer.
He has also sold to players in the Premier League, MLS and La Liga.
The 26-year-old started two years ago selling second hand boots on auction website eBay.
This year, through his own website at arffootball.com, he sold £150,000 worth of products and is targeting £200,000 next year.
His success has allowed him to quit his job in the construction industry and run the business full time.
His uncle, Andrew Fleming, said: “I'm a bit biased, but I think this is a great story of a young, local man who has built a thriving business despite all the problems facing businesses in the last couple of years.”