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.
Florist Anna Jenkins, 34, set up Silky Bonquets in 2011 and has turned it into a business turning over £500,000 a year - and her flowers have even appeared on Eastenders.
The firm makes them for events like weddings and baby showers, but Anna says funerals are where most of her designs are featured with inspirations such as Elvis Presley tributes, Del Boy from British sitcom Only Fools and Horses as well as Buzz Lightyear, Maltesers boxes and Peter Rabbit.
You can read more in The Mirror...
Childs Farm founder, Joanna Jensen, 51, launched the company in 2010 from her farm in Basingstoke, Hampshire in a hope to help her daughter's eczema. 12 years later, the idea has been sold for a massive £37million!
You can read more over in The Sun...
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 rejected Dragons’ Den hopeful has raked in a staggering £96m from her board game - that has even outsold Monopoly!
Rachel Lowe hit rock bottom when her business folded after failing to win funding from banks in order to get a big order of the games in the shops in time for Christmas.
You can read Rachel's incredible journey into the world of games and puzzles 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...
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...
Scott Davies set up Hilltop Honey aged 22 after being laid off as a brickie and has built it into the 26th fastest-growing company in the whole of the UK. Despite being a "nightmare" in school and ending up bagging coal for a living, Scott now has his honey products in nearly every supermarket in Britain.
You can read about Hilltop Honey over in Wales Online...
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.
Brandon Webb has made a living by taking advantage of America's obsession with kicks. The 19-year-old based in Los Angeles is the founder of Hypluxe, a members-only community that teaches sales secrets of the massive secondary market for limited-edition sneakers.
Webb says he works with a team of experts to secure and re-sell shoes for mindboggling prices amd already seen extraordinary success. Entrepreneur has the full story...
From cleaning toilets in the U.S. to leading a mission on Mars, Diana Trujillo became a NASA Director
At age 17, with $300 in her pocket and unable to speak English, Diana Trujillo left Colombia in search of a better future for her and her mother. It was the year 2000, a science career with NASA may have seemed about as likely as setting foot on a faraway planet. These days, however, Diana Trujillo is an aerospace engineer who leads a 45-person team at the NASA laboratory that’s responsible for the robotic arm of the latest Mars rover. You can read more about this 'out of this world' story at the Good News Network...
Dawn Smith (@thedawnelizabeth), is now a fitness entrepreneur who has been on a journey to losing 154lbs after learning how to love herself. After focussing on getting healthier by eating foods in moderation, sticking to a calorie deficit and tracking macros as well as combo of weight lifting, cardio and HIIT, You can read more about Dawn's story over at Women's Health...
Ten years ago, Rachel Pedersen, a social media strategist and TikTok expert from the US, was relying of food banks and was struggling to make ends meet, and now helps other parents start and grow their companies. You can read about Rachel's incredible turnaround in The Sun...
'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.
Grant and Jordanna Sanderson dreamt up the new quiz card game, Shot In The Dark during Christmas 2016 after a tense family game of Trivial Pursuit. The game has flown off the shelves since mid-March making almost £150,000. You can read more over in the Metro News...
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...
Third-year Cardiff student Ellis Lloyd Jones has built a TikTok following during lockdown that’s so big (just a solid 31 million…) he’s been able to quit his job at Greggs. Ellis started using the app back in October 2019, when the app had “barely anyone using it”. Now he typically gets around £22 every time he gets one million views! You can read more in the Cardiff Tab...
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...
It is a turbulent time for the economy but that has not stopped thousands of people from launching a business this year. BBC Scotland's The Nine has been hearing from four businesses born in a storm..
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..
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...
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...
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...
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