A young West Midlands agricultural tractor enthusiast has turned his former teenage interest into a thriving mail order business which sells more than 30,000 different spare parts to fellow tractor owners all over the world.
Oliver Stiley, aged 22, has been so successful since he launched Agriline Products just three years ago that he has moved out of his rented industrial unit in Redditch and bought his own £220,000 warehouse.
The sale of his company's new 4 , 267 sq ft headquarters at the Harris Business Park in Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, was handled by business property consultant John Truslove.
Now Mr Stiley, whose business has concentrated mainly on providing spare parts for vintage and classic tractors, is hoping to also expand more into the modern parts market.
"I saw this warehouse advertised for sale, took one look round and decided to buy it," said Oliver, who lives in nearby Droitwich.
"It is much handier for my customers coming from places like Evesham and Hereford and, because everyone knows the Harris Brush Works opposite."
A qualified mechanic, he first took an interest in old tractors while working on his parents' smallholding at Lower Bentley, near Bromsgrove, and on other farms in the area.
"I noticed that whenever I restored an old tractor of my own, some of the spare bits were hard to find and I had to use secondhand parts taken off other tractors which had been scrapped," he said.
"Then I realised that other enthusiasts must be having the same trouble as me and so I took patterns of the different tractor panels and engine parts and now I have them reproduced to the original specification on a large scale."
He sends parts to Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland and Brazil.
Mr Truslove said: "I am delighted that we have been able to help Agriline Products with their expansion plans by providing them with just the type of improved building they need."