A YOUNG Brierley Hill entrepreneur is celebrating three-years in business after starting his successful online competition company in his bedroom during the Covid lockdowns.

Ben Griffin’s company specializes in offering guitar enthusiasts the chance to win their dream instruments - some of which can cost up to £14k - and he has given away more than £1.7 million worth of guitars to people up and down the country.

The 23-year-old started the venture, called The Guitar Marketplace, while on furlough during the Covid-19 lockdowns - using his keen knowledge of guitars and marketing skills from his job at a marketing firm.

Now three years on – the business is booming and he’s now turning over more than £100k a month.

He said he saw car competition websites popping up during the pandemic and decided he could try giving the idea a go with guitars.

He set up a website with a £100 effects pedal on offer and the idea took off.

Ben said: “My parents thought I was upstairs over lockdown just playing Xbox, little did they know I was starting my very first successful business."

He added: “It wasn’t long before I scaled it up, was giving away guitars and had to quit my job.

To find out more check out www.theguitarmarketplace.com

Ben has since managed to grow the venture into a thriving business with four employees, all local and in their early 20s.

He has an office/studio in Brierley Hill and buys most products from local music shops.

He said: "We have started having some incredible growth, it still feels like the begining of something big for us."

He added: "We would like to get involved in trade shows more to meet our community, and spread overseas. We have been looking at getting into America as our next big move."