A ten-year-old boy has set up his own business by converting old VHS tapes onto DVD’s so people can re-watch treasured memories captured on camera.

Tom Linton from Loughton launched Tom Transfer’s last summer after his mother purchased a VHS converter for their personal family tapes.

Since learning how to use machine, the youngster has completed around 150 videos by charging customers £5 per cassette.

Tom’s mum, Joanne Linton, a nursery nurse, said: ““I think it is absolutely amazing I am so proud of him, it is lovely to see him achieving and being able to help people.

“To be able give back to the community, although people are paying him, he is offering them a service and giving back to them I think that is very good for children to learn those things.

She added: “I bought the machine because I copies of my parents wedding and I wanted to be able to keep those copies as my Mum has passed away now, so I wanted to move them on to DVD and show them to my Dad.”

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After successfully converting other family members VHS tapes, the 10-year-old decided to expand his business within the district whilst fitting school and homework in-between.

Tom offered his school and several others vouchers as part of raffle draw prizes to encourage more people to use his service

Ms Linton has also created a Facebook page for Tom’s Transfer’s where numerous people have been left surprised but impressed a child is head of the business.

“I help him out through the Facebook page and contacting people,” explained Ms Linton. “he will answer from time to time but I will monitor what is sent.

“People have talked about sending VHS’ down to us by post to convert, they have said they would pay for postage to have them sent back.

“We have quite a few responses over the summer holidays, he had one lady give them 20 to convert before the May half-term.”

To celebrate with profits raised at the end of last year, Tom purchased annual passes to Legoland for him and his mum to enjoy.

The ten-year-old is also keen to learn how to move recordings from USB sticks and mobile phone recordings videos onto DVD to keep the business going.

When asked what Tom find’s likes the most about doing the VHS conversions, his mum said: “He enjoys the fact he can help other people because he knows how important it was to us to see photos of my mum and dad and videos of me and my brother as a child.

“I think he likes the idea to help keep people’s memories alive. He is very, very careful with them because he knows how precious they are.”

If you would like to have your VHS tapes converted, visit Tom’s Transfer’s Facebook page at