A young entrepreneur is celebrating setting up his first business at the age of 23.

Charlie Cutter, of Gestingthorpe, has just opened Charlie's Body Shop, in Factory Lane West, Halstead.

The business specialises in Small and Medium Area Repair Technique (Smart) repairs but will also offer restoration services for classic cars.

Mr Cutter, who studied to be a mechanic at Colchester Institute, said: "I have been in the trade for ten years.

"I started as a Saturday boy in my dad's shop and I have worked in garages in Earls Colne in the past.

"After college I started focusing on classic car restorations, which is my area of specialism."

Business is already booming and Mr Cutter believes he offers a service Halstead was missing.

He said: "We repair little knicks and scrapes and things like that.

"There is a need for something like this in Halstead.

"Things have gone brilliantly so far, it has been really busy.

"The plan is to take on some staff in the near future and then increase the size of the business."

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