An entrepreneur who started out selling sweets in the school playground is celebrating 20 years in business. Over the years Second to None has built up a reputation as Stamford’s go-to place for people needing everything from crowd control barriers and vintage typewriters to a 1960s medical bed. Inspired by business tycoons Richard Branson and Alan Sugar, owner Neil Scholes turned down a university offer in favour of launching his own business at the age of 18. He began trading from premises in Ketton in May 1999 and won a LiveWire Award for Business during the first year. Neil quickly moved to larger premises in Stamford but closed the North Street shop 10 years ago and moved the business solely online. The 38-year-old said: “Running the business has definitely been an adventure. “It’s also been hard work and not without its challenges but I’m fortunate to have a job I enjoy. “I am forever grateful to my family who have really supported me. My parents put up with a lot, especially in the early days, and now my wife has to deal with the chaos that comes with running a business.” Alongside the more unusual items, the business sells a range of second-hand furniture, electricals, homeware and garden items. All stock is photographed and listed online at www.SecondToNoneStamford.com and purchases can then be collected by appointment or delivered UK-wide. Neil has invited past and present staff to celebrate the anniversary this weekend.