A YOUNG entrepreneur who has grown a thriving agricultural operation in Dilhorne says his business has 'really taken off' in recent years.
Former Painsley Catholic College student Oakley Whilock, aged 21, started his ‘Oakley Feeds’ operation straight after leaving school – selling chickens and eggs from Little Blakeley Lane Farm.
He moved on to producing and selling animal feed from his one-site shop and, five years later, he now keeps animals ranging from your average chicken, cows and goats to the more exotic emus and alpacas.
The business has expanded throughout the years with the 21-year-old now in charge of Oakley Equine Forage and Bedding, Agricultural Contracting and Self Storage.
He told the Times and Echo: “The business has really taken off in recent years and I have produced double the amount this year already than I usually do.
“After setting up the equine forage and bedding and delivering the hay, it’s gone from strength to strength. I’ve got my regular customers but I’m always expanding.
“Social media plays a huge role and I’m proud of the fact we’ve managed to score a five-star review on the business Facebook page.”
Oakley’s next role in the business, alongside his usual day-to-day agricultural tasks, will be preparing for the Christmas season when he sells Christmas trees and wreaths from the on-site shop.
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