With just £300 in the bank, Gaby Jones, like so many others, lost her job during the pandemic. After years of working in the hospitality industry, the 26-year-old was left unemployed and questioning what she wanted to do with her life.
A genius idea and a determination to create a statement, led to the creation of some unique candles that have gained from worldwide, with Caia Candles. You can read more in the UK Daily News.
An entrepreneurial teen has made a whopping £20,000 by selling personalised phone cases from his bedroom. Sam Badger, from Tamworth, launched his business late 2019 and has shifted more than 4,000 cases in that time.
With neary 600,000 followers on TikTok, his videos have been watched nearly 20 millions times with his designs taking the internet by storm.
You can more about this savvy entreprenuer over in The Mirror.
Karina Irby, 32, from Brisbane, Australia, was fed up not seeing her body represented when shopping for swimwear, she launched her own range which is set to make £1.5million. Regularly defying trolls by sharing unedited photos of herself via her empowering Instagram account, she also owns the brand Moana Bikini, which is all about female empowerment.
You can read more in The Mirror...
Single mum Euphemia Senar thought she had hit rock bottom when she was made homeless and facing £12,000 of debt. With what was owed cleared, Euphemia now runs her own business selling budgeting tools, like planners and stationary, on Etsy.
You can read more over halearon.com...
A savvy entrepreneur who started his own business from his bedroom when he was just 16 years old has now sold it for a massive £22million.
Lee McNeil started up his tech company Tebex aged 16, which began life as an online platform selling products for the Minecreft video game from his home in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.
You can read more over in The Sun...
A young entrepreneur who swapped her UK office job for a Brazilian beach now runs her own £28k-a-month business. The brave move also resulted in her finding the love of her life in the process. Georgia Austin says she didn’t have a clue how to launch her career after leaving university. Instead she spent some time working as a lettings negotiator, a PA and a copywriter for Sweaty Betty. The 23-year-old, from Buckinghamshire, also freelanced offering LinkedIn outreach for brands based in America.
You can read more about this incredible journey over in The Metro...
When Brittany Garbutt handed over a cheque for $100,000 to start her pretzel business in a shipping container in Perth she wanted to vomit. She was just 23 and hated it, spending 19 hours a day pumping out the pretzels in 2017. But she had returned to her home state and couldn’t find a job challenging enough – having worked in brand designed – and decided she had to strike out and create something of her own.
You can read more about how Pretzel Australia transformed into the £4m business it is today over in News.Au.com...
From selling slime and antiques to setting up an inspirational book club, there are more young entrepreneurs who are starting to turn their dreams into a successful business across the country!
You can read more about these young entrepreneurs have taken on the coronavirus lockdown in The Mirror...
With three lockdowns over the last year, High Street coffee shop chains have missed out on the estimated £5bn a year that the Brits spend on their coffee fix. With no indoor seating, some small, independent companies have grabbed the opportunity to squeeze into the gap in the market.
You can read more over at BBC News....
Alana Hands from Brisbane, Australia, was a broke mum who came up her own baby mat idea while on maternity leave. This idea led to Alana starting a company, Munchkin & Bear, which is now worth £3m! Mum-of-two Alana, saw a need for nicer looking, and safer, foam play mats for her kids after spending £169 on a "very ugly" design which led to her son's injury.
You can read about the Munchkin & Bear story over at Kidspot.
'My only regret is why I didn't do it sooner': How lockdown is a chance to change your life for ever!
Worried about your job prospects this year? You are not alone. Employment opportunities are looking bleak for many. The pandemic has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of job cuts – many in the retail, leisure, hospitality, travel and entertainment sectors – and more are expected as businesses continue to struggle.
But thankfully, for those who want to give themselves the best chance of finding a new job, it's possible to add sparkle to a CV and develop your skills by taking an online course.
From the top universities and colleges, including the Open University, to specialist providers such as Udemy and LinkedIn – and even private companies such as Barclays and Accenture – there are numerous courses available, both free and paid-for. They range from digital marketing, bookkeeping and Mandarin to child care. But will they make a difference?
You can find out more over at 'This Is Money', and see how people are taking the world as a new-age entrepreneur, like Laura Harnett founded eco-friendly products firm Seep, (theseepcompany.com), an eco-friendly household cleaning products company which sells sponges, scourers and cloths that are plastic-free and 100 per cent compostable.
Keely Parsons first started making wax melts when she was 18 years old and sold them on her Facebook group whilst on maternity leave. Sassy Shop Wax is now set to make £2.5 million! You can read more in The Sun...
George Michniewicz was raised to value hard work - and that's what's taken him from being a trainee manager to a 14-restaurant McDonald's empire turning over £54m a year! You can read more in The Mirror!
Luis Onofre openly admits that his first foray into luxury shoe design could have been his last. The Portuguese designer launched his first namesake collection in 1993, shortly after taking over his family's shoe factory. His father had warned him it wouldn't sell, and his dad was proved correct. Consumers weren't interested, and the shoes bombed. You can read more over at BBC News...
Sami Wunder is not your typical chief executive. The business she runs is a love and relationships coaching service. Today it makes over a million pounds a year. However, when she started out she had to contend with questions that trouble almost every first-time entrepreneur: should I set my prices low at the beginning to attract customers? And if I do, when do I dare raise them? You can read more over at BBC News...
Twin brothers, Matt and Ben Horton, both 20, have paid off their mum's mortgage after making £200,000 a year from playing video games. You can read more in The Metro..
Patrick Coveney, is the Chief Executive of the UK's largest maker of pre-packaged sandwiches, Greencore. With the coronavirus lockdown hitting businesses hard, Coveney spoke to BBC News about how the business kept production running.
Tata Harper's mission to create a natural skincare range began when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. His doctors advised him to adopt a healthier lifestyle. They wanted him to reduce the amount of toxins and synthetic chemicals he was exposing his body to, be it through the food he was eating, or what he was putting on his skin, from shampoo to soap. Tata Harper set out to find different for him as well as herself! You can read more over at BBC News...
Brendan O'Shea started the 'Just Clear' house clearing business with his wife back in 2017 and now looks to turnover £7m this year, employing almost 70 staff nationwide. You can read more over on This Is Money.
For many parents, the sight of their children playing hours of video games while school is out thanks to the coronavirus lockdown might drive them to despair. Ben Noble, 17 has become a successful gaming coach who is now earning almost £1,000 a month. You can read more over in This Is Money...
For the first six years running Stitch Fix, Katrina Lake wasn't comfortable with being labelled a female business leader and this followed on the many knockbacks from male investors didn't quite understand the full potential of what Stitch Fix could deliver. BBC News has the story...
When Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson's time with WWE came to an end, it was just the beginning of their multi-platform success. Investors need to take note with current and former pro wrestlers are making moves across media and commerce! Entrepreneur Europe has the story...
A stay-at-home mum has revealed she makes £2,000 a month selling stuff she found in bins - by salvaging rubbish sold out by major stores and selling on for just 25% retail price. You can more about this business idea in The Sun...
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, Natalie Reynolds and Lexi Panayi were rightfully anxious. The sisters had only launched their fashion brand Style Cheat back in May 2019 and just unveiled their collaboration with Luisa Zissman when the country went into lockdown. You can read about how the sisters turned the situation around in The Sun..
Sisters and Mrs Hinch fans - who have become the UK's answer to Netflix decluttering sensation Marie Kondo - have made thousands by charging people £240 a day to help put their houses in order! The Sun has the story...
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