A man from Spalding has been nominated for a special royal award for turning his life around after an horrific road accident.
Rob Spinks (25) has been nominated for the RBS Enterprise Award, which recognises young people who have overcome serious difficulties in order to achieve success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise, at the East Midlands Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards which takes place at the Derby Roundhouse on Monday.
Rob had passed every recruitment test for the RAF and was about to start his training when he sustained the severe injuries that would change everything.
Rob pushed himself physically and mentally through four operations and decided to turn a passion for customised car bodywork into his new career. After two years, Rob was able to walk again, and he completed a course in bodywork and airbrushing and joined the Trust’s Enterprise programme, which helps unemployed young people start up in business.
Rob learned skills in finance, marketing and sales, while getting regular guidance from a business mentor and, when applying for funding, he took the Trust’s advice, saved some money and revised his business plan. Rob won financial backing and now runs a custom spray shop where he will paint any bespoke design onto surfaces including vehicles, bedroom walls, helmets and kitchen appliances.
He now plans to expand the business by including corporate packages as well as starting up or buying into other companies. Rob said: “These past few years have been the most traumatic of my life. The emotional and practical support the Trust gave me made me believe I could do what I’ve done. I’m so grateful to them - words don’t do it justice.”