Two young entrepreneurs face life on the dole after thieves stole vital power tools from their company van.
Sean Kenyon was shocked to discover the equipment was missing from the vehicle parked on the drive way of the home he shares with his mother, Alison Littlewood, in Rutland Avenue, Cleveleys.
Now Sean, and his business partner Ross Thompson, both 20, are faced with the possibility of having to wind-up their joinery business after just 10 months trading.
The pair set up Thompson and Kenyon Joinery Services last October after they were awarded a £10,000 grant in a Dragon’s Den-style contest run by the University of Central Lancashire.
They had to draw up a business plan and convince a panel of experts they were worthy of investment, in a project set up by Dragon’s Den star James Caan and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Sean and Rossof Birch Avenue, Cleveleys, managed to secure a maximum £10,000 unsecured loan, which they have been gradually paying back. But now their dreams of business success lay in tatters.
Sean said: “I’m still in shock. We left the tools in the van, parked on the drive way, and I knew something was wrong when I spotted the door wasn’t closed properly.
“All our power tools have gone. I don’t know whether we will be able to carry on by borrowing tools or be able to honour existing contracts.
“We put so much effort into trying to make the business a success. We are devastated something like this has happened.”
The tools were all marked with the initials TK and Sean and Ross are appealing for anyone who may be offered them cheap to get in touch with them.
Meanwhile, they have spent the last few days trawling car boot sales and pawn and second hand shops in the hope of tracking down some of their equipment.
There has been a spate of thefts from vans in the Cleveleys area and Sean believes thieves may have been watching the pair in the days leading up to the theft.
In the last fortnight burglaries and thefts from cars in the Blackpool area have doubled.