Cornwall LivingIssue #86
The story so far
Founded in 2004 and having become the UK’s leading resin bound driveway solutions provider, Oltco is proud to be celebrating its 15th anniversary!
Transforming spaces via unique solutions and innovative products, this superb Cornish business prides itself on outstanding customer care and delivering excellent results. It was originally established in Cornwall as a family business, however it now operates on a national scale, servicing clients across the UK with its unique blends and bespoke resin-bound solutions, in both domestic and commercial environments. To find out more, we catch up with company owners, Johnny Pearce and Tom Stringer.
“this superb Cornish business prides itself on outstanding customer care and delivering excellent results“
With a sales background working for St Austell Brewery as Sales Area Manager, where he grew his client portfolio from £1.2 million to £6.8 million in just three years, Johnny Pearce – whose areas of expertise include business development, staff development, sales, marketing and entrepreneurship – decided he wanted to be his own boss. In 2010, he joined Oltco, owned by his close friend Tom Stringer.
Keen to dispel the myth that you should never mix business with pleasure, Johnny has worked alongside Tom for the past eight years, helping to grow the business significantly via their working partnership. Johnny is a keen believer in people, that they are what make a company successful, and so his main passion is developing Oltco’s staff and bringing the human touch to the business.
Johnny’s business partner and Oltco’s Technical Director, Tom Stringer’s expertise lies in engineering, business development, product development, entrepreneurship, problem solving and forward thinking. His early career began in underground mining and as an engineer on the successful Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Utilising his degree in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines, Tom also worked as a shift engineer for the major tunnel refurbishment for Western Power.
Tom founded Oltco in 2004, realising his ambition to launch a successful business of his own. With an initial focus on anti-slip safety flooring solutions, Oltco quickly began to grow, thanks to Tom’s sheer determination and hard work. And how that hard work has paid off! To date, Oltco has won contracts for a number of prestigious clients, including Kellogg’s, Rolls Royce, Wembley Stadium and HSBC, to name but a few!
With a hands-on approach and experience in everything from tiling and carpentry to chemistry and biology, Tom is always the first to get stuck in to find a solution. This, combined with business partner, Johnny’s personable approach to business development, mean that the next 15 years are set to be just as exciting for this exemplary Cornish business!
Oltco’s latest development is Recycle Bound – the world’s first resin driveway solution that uses recycled plastic, demonstrating Oltco’s passion for protecting the environment.
"this superb Cornish business prides itself on outstanding customer care and delivering excellent results"