Young contractor Freddy Vaudrey is celebrating his first year in business with the purchase of a third JCB machine.

Freddy, 26, founded Laser Civil Engineering & Plant Hire after attending the first ‘JCB Your Own Boss’ event - part of a scheme which enables individuals to buy a new JCB backhoe loader with a 10% deposit.

Based in Suffolk in the east of England, the business - which offers a JCB 3CX model for hire - went from strength to strength during its first 12 months. So much so, that the company has now purchased another backhoe loader - a JCB 1CXT - and an 8016 mini excavator.

Now Freddy is urging aspiring entrepreneurs to attend JCB’s second event on Saturday 19 September at its worldwide headquarters in Staffordshire.

He said: “I am young, hard-working and ambitious and that is what the scheme is about. I never believed it would be possible to start my own business but I attended the event and was so impressed that I went for it.

“It has proved a brilliant decision. The business is very busy and I’m so glad I did it. I recently had so many enquiries I could have placed four machines so it’s definitely time to add to my fleet.

“A lack of business experience can be a r barrier to most people who want to work for themselves in this industry. However, with the JCB Your Own Boss scheme so much of it was taken care of that it gave me peace of mind. I can focus on doing a good job and looking after customers because I get support with insurance, training, finance and of course the machine.

“It’s seamless to get started and everything is mapped out for you. Anyone keen to be their own boss should take advantage of this opportunity.”

Laser Civil Engineering & Plant Hire Ltd offers a range of services from ground works to civil engineering and has found niche work on solar farms and anaerobic digestion facilities where the machine’s travel speed is valuable on large sites.

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