A GLENROTHES teenager who suffers from Cerebral Palsy has not let his disability stop him from setting up his own business reports, NEIL HENDERSON.
Mathew Bain (19) from Rimbleton Road in the town relies on the use of a wheelchair and a communication device as his voice. He has used his own experiences as the basis for a business plan and has now set up his own company supplying products that will benefit others with a disability.
Mathew explained how the idea came about: “I identified a gap in the market purely by my experiences trying to find items to help me but also by talking to others and finding they had similar problems.
“I am a young person with a disability and found it extremely difficult to source aids to assist me with daily living and make me as independent as possible.
“My mum and dad suggested that I look for organisations who would give me advice such as business gateway in order to get started in the right way.
“With the guidance of the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust I set up OSIS the One Stop Independence Shop and now have an extensive catalogue of products.
“The first difficulty I had was finding suitable suppliers which took time but now I have this in place I can access items very quickly for customers.
“I now supply everything from ferrules for walking sticks and walking sticks themselves, to wheelchair accessories such as portable ramps and aim to fulfil an orders from stock within 24 hours and those not from stock within five working days.”
The 19-year-old former Glenrothes High School pupil is now studying for his National Certificate in Business at Adam Smith College while continuing to develop his already successful company.
And initial success has now meant Mathew has been able to set up his own website for OSIS which went live in January and is continually being updated with new products.
The success of OSIS has proved a real family affair too.
Mathew said: “As well as my carer, Susan Bryant helping with the day to day aspects of the running of the business, I have also enlisted the help of his parents and even the efforts of my younger sister who helps with parcelling up the orders and helping with the website when needed.”
The young entrepreneur’s drive to succeed has certainly proved that disability is no barrier to a winning formula.