Ex-Barnsley footballer celebrates 10 years in business

Ex-Barnsley FC player Adam Oldham.
Ex-Barnsley FC player Adam Oldham.

A former professional footballer-turned entrepreneur is celebrating a decade in business.

Adam Oldham played for Barnsley Football Club up to the age of 19 and was on standby for the England Under-18s team at the peak of his young sporting career.

But after the club decided to let him go, Adam threw himself into setting up his own business as a specialist supplier of head boards and bedsteads.

He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who both worked for Silentnight for years, and decade on the firm, called By Charles and Charles, is thriving.

Adam, aged 30, from Thurgoland, said: “I was obviously very disappointed being dropped by Barnsley after years in the youth team, but being turned down like that was the spur I needed to get out there and set up my own business. The experience made me determined to succeed.

“I used to go to work with dad sometimes and was always around beds as a kid. Bed manufacturing is really in our blood. It’s a family tradition.”

Adam started his first company, Sleep Marketing, in his father’s garage in Thurgoland. Nearly five years ago and moved the business to new 7,500 square feet premises on the Maple Business Estate, Stocks Lane in Barnsley, renaming it By Charles and Charles.

The company employs 15 staff, having taken on three apprentices and two new upholsterers due to increased demand from customers since the beginning of this year. He is now being given free business support by Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council.