Andy was born and brought up on his family farm in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield. With farming in his blood, he spent most of his school holidays driving tractors and feeding pigs. After leaving school in 1986, Andy set up Cotterill Contractors offering agricultural contracting and drainage services to farmers in his area. As the business grew, so did the company offering which extended into sewage treatment installations, concreting and farm building construction. Cotterill's drainage supply operation extends to over 2500 farmers and 3500 contractors, groundworkers, construction companies, government agencies and many more.