11-year-old Port Lincoln entrepreneur finds success with sandboards

BOARDS: Clay Bertram holds up some of the sandboards being produced in the workshop for Squids Sandboards in Port Lincoln.
BOARDS: Clay Bertram holds up some of the sandboards being produced in the workshop for Squids Sandboards in Port Lincoln.

What started as a way to earn money for a new guitar has turned into a successful business for an 11-year-old Port Lincoln entrepreneur.

Clay Bertram has started his own business 'Squids Sandboards' with help from his father Michael Betram and grandfather John Bertram.

Clay said it all started as a way to earn some money, with his father providing an idea from his childhood.

"I wanted a new Fender Ultra Strat guitar and my Dad said 'I made sandboards when I was young so why don't you make them'," he said.

Mr Bertram said his father was a cabinetmaker and there was the chance to make things in the workshop.

"One day he made a mould for the kids to make sandboards and we used to sell them through Des Pinson's surf shop and made a bit of money," he said.

Since late last year Clay has worked on his sandboard business with his father, with his grandfather helping as 'workshop manager'.

FATHER AND SON: Clay Bertram at work with his father Michael Bertram to create some more sandboards.

FATHER AND SON: Clay Bertram at work with his father Michael Bertram to create some more sandboards.

The first sale was made on November 9 and from there Squids Sandboards has sold 98 boards which have gone as far as Ceduna, Kimba, Whyalla and even Adelaide, with enquiries from potential customers in Sydney and Melbourne.

The sandboards are now being sold through stockists across the Eyre Peninsula, including in Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Coffin Bay and Port Neill.

Clay said his father had told him "you might sell 30 boards before Christmas", they would end up making more than double that number in sales with 67 sold before Christmas Day.

Having already paid off the guitar Clay is continuing with his business which is continuing to find more opportunities for sales, with plans to take 50 boards up to Birdsville in June.

There are even special fundraising plans for the 100th board, which will be a special, one-of-a-kind gold coloured board.

He has even inspired his schoolmates at Navigator College to start their own money making ventures.

Clay said he was excited to see where his business would go and what opportunities would emerge.

Mr Bertram shared this excitement and said throughout this Clay had learned and developed business skills.

"I'm keen to see where it will go and how it will grow," he said.

As for any business advice to pass on to any other potential young entrepreneurs, Clay said "make sure you prepare to be successful."