Busi­ness is child’s play

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

An award-win­ning on­line busi­ness is set to open its first store in Cas­tle Dou­glas.

United Bricks is the brain­child of Cor­sock teenager and Lego ent h u s i a s t Ca l l u m Win­spear and of­fers cus­tom- printed Lego pieces and ac­ces­sories.

The firm has been a huge suc­cess and the shop will open up next month.

Nine­teen- year- old Cal­lum said: “It will be very like the Lego store. Peo­ple will be able to get mini fig­urines and cus­tom print­ing and be able to buy bricks.

“We’ll also have fig­urines of fa­mous lo­cal char­ac­ters and sets of fa­mous lo­cal land­marks.”

The busi­ness cur­rently em­ploys two full-time staff in ad­di­tion to Cal­lum and is likely to hire more once the shop opens.

Cal­lum was still at school when he started the busi­ness, which he runs from his home in the vil­lage, af­ter he spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket for mil­i­tary Lego pieces.

He said: “I started it four or five years ago when I was at school as Lego didn’t do mil­i­tary fig­ures or fig­ures with guns. I started when I was 12 but it re­ally be­came a busi­ness when I was 15 or 16.

“I started a com­pany to do my own, as I saw it as a way of rais­ing funds to feed my Lego ad­dic­tion. Other like-minded en­thu­si­asts started buy­ing them and we now have dis­trib­u­tors a round the world, in­clud­ing in Ger­many, USA, Rus­sia and Hong Kong.

“We use real Lego com­po­nents and use a 3D printer, ex­cept in our case we’re print­ing on to Lego. All the pieces we use are gen­uine Lego and we also stock some ac­ces­sories which were made for use with Lego. When I was at school a lot of other peo­ple didn’t re­ally like his­tory and this would have been a good way for them to learn as it’s hands on.”

To find out more about United Bricks, visit www. united-bricks.com/

Prod­ucts Cal­lum Win­spear with just some of the fig­ures he makes from his Cor­sock home

Busi­ness trio Cal­lum and Reece Win­spear and Mikaela Wright

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