A TEENAGER 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.
The 18-year-old said: “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 I 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 stopping the bulb from lighting.”
Sam, who operates from Treeton, eventually found there was a market on the internet for the products and maintenance services he could offer.
And, after finishing his GCSEs, he decided to turn his hobby into a profession and visited business coaches at Rotherham Youth Enterprise for advice and to discuss the way forward.
He said: “I met 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 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!”