At 16 years old, Stuart left school and under the Youth Training Scheme (YTS) worked as a gamekeeper. Aged 19, he set up his own firework business and by the time he’d reached 20 was offered in excess of £1m for his business. This offer was refused by Stuart and he began to invest in other businesses. Along the winding, entrepreneurial road he’s worked in fireworks, mobile phones, aluminium fabrication, pushchairs, property and hotels.
In 2008 Stuart acquired the Norton brand, and now through having a broad commercial experience was able to build the dormant brand back into an exclusive British motorcycle manufacturer. All bikes are hand built at the prestigious Donington Hall location, with 80% of production exported all around the world.