Two couples made a gigantic leap of faith three years ago by founding their own company to design, build and service root crop handling machinery.
Friends Ricky Stancer (36) and Andy Lomas (46) worked together in the industry for a couple of years about ten years ago and decided it was the right time to branch out.
Now their business, Statech Solutions Ltd, has an annual turnover of £400,000.
This week they will show some of their bespoke designs to more than 40,000 farmers who are heading to the UK’s biggest farm machinery show, LAMMA at Peterborough.
Ricky said: “Setting up in business is a scary thing. If you thought about it too much, you wouldn’t do it – but once you have done it, you wish you had done it a long time ago.”
Andy said: “Ninety per cent of our customers come through word of mouth. Someone will phone up and say ‘I have got a problem with this’ and while we are there they’ll say they are looking for a machine to do a particular job – and we can certainly make it for them.”
Statech Solutions Ltd is based in Railway Lane, Sutton Bridge, right in the heartland of their customer base. It’s also handy for the couples as Ricky and his wife, admin wizard Sally (41), live in Long Sutton and Andy and wife Nikki (42), who looks after the accounts, live in Tilney All Saints. The business also employs service manager Mark Oakey.