Dominic Wood Maytime Inn Ben Brierly Sallix Charlotte Chadwick Charlotte Chadwick Anthony Pink Laundrapp Ryan Shaw Vape Shoreditch Vana Dates with Vana Alex and Jonny One Third Stories Amy Jordan Pop Content Max Robinson Ace Workwear Sam James Hassle.com
Continuing our celebration of young business talent in the UK, we are featuring another ten of the brightest entrepreneurs in the country who are yet to turn 30.
Aged just 23, Dominic bought the Maytime Inn in the Cotswold village of Asthall. He began to renovate the building as soon as he bought the place, as well as working very hard rebuilding its reputation. It’s now a thriving business, and perhaps most impressively so, Dominic only had a few years’ experience working in bars and hotels before that.
As well as being a 4-star hotel, the Maytime has an extensive drinks menu including 70+ varieties of gin from around the world, as well as world beers and ciders and traditional ales. The food menu has a lot to choose from and is managed by an award-winning chef.
Dominic has a Master’s Degree from Oxford Brookes in City and Regional Planning, and his talent and entrepreneurial flair has enabled him to make the Mayime a success.
Originally from Devizes, Wiltshire, Ben moved to Germany after attaining a first class degree in Business and Politics at Loughborough University. He says that working in a different culture, in a different language taught him all about dealing with challenging situations, which set him up perfectly for his future career.
After working in recruitment companies of varying sizes, Ben decided to set up Sailix, a digital recruitment agency.
Sailix pride themselves on a friendly, genuine and honest approach that set them apart from its competitors.
Hailing from Poulton Le Fylde in Lancashire, Charlotte went to Manchester Metropolitan University where she studied Public Relations and Digital Communications Management.
During her first year at university, Charlotte partook in a Summer internship at a PR agency. As the agency didn’t offer digital marketing services, Charlotte introduced social media and content marketing to the agency – a sign of her entrepreneurial streak and a sign of things to come. By her second year at university, this had become practically a full time job.
2 months before Charlotte graduated from university, she launched Atlantis Digital, and has been running the company for 2 years. Atlantis helps businesses build brand awareness and increase their online presence through social media, content marketing and online PR.
Aged 27, Antony is the co-founder and COO of Laundrapp, the UK's most popular laundry and dry cleaning app. Launched 18 months ago in London, Laundrapp has now closed more than £10m in funding and expanded to over 100 locations across the UK.
Hands-on and energetic, Antony has helped drive success across the business and is hugely encouraging of young entrepreneurship in the UK. He was also just announced as a finalist in the Black British Business Awards!
Amy was born in the Netherlands and spent her childhood growing up in Scotland. After studying Neuroscience at the University of Dundee, she decided that marketing was a better fit for her than spending all her time in a science lab.
For four years, Amy paid her dues in the marketing industry before setting up Pop Content. Her business is a content marketing agency designed to help businesses make the most out of the internet. Pop Content also offers guidance to smaller businesses who can’t quite afford to work with an agency but still want to improve their online presence.
After graduating from Essex University, Ryan became an Interest Rate Options Broker.
In 2015, Ryan founded Vape Shoreditch, who manufacture and distribute their own brand of e-liquid for electronic cigarettes. Their service runs on a subscription basis, and customers can choose from 30 flavours in a variety of nicotine strengths.
Their mission is to provide Europe with great tasting e-liquid at a fair price, making quitting smoking more stress free.
You might remember Vana from her excellent performance on The Apprentice in 2015. Her idea on the show was for a dating and gaming app called DatePlay. Although she didn’t win the show and secure funding from Lord Sugar, Vana applied for crowdfunding for DatePlay and hit her £150,000 target within 3 days of it launching!
Serial entrepreneur Vana also runs a number of other businesses including her own brand of wine. Not bad for someone under 30!
Vana has the following advice for young people looking to go into business:
“The best piece of advice I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs is to avoid giving up when you hit road blocks. Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned, so you’re bound to reach some hurdles along your startup journey. As I learned from The Apprentice, you should never take no as an answer if you believe in your business plan. You just need one person to believe in you to make your business a reality. When Lord Sugar chose to invest in the other finalist, it would have been easy for me to give up, but instead I turned the rejection into a positive motivator and used it as a way of pushing myself further. Just keep pushing until you get to where you want to be!”
Johnny Pryn and Alex Somervell
Jonny grew up struggling to learn foreign languages, like so many people in the UK. During 6th form he met Alex who had grown up bilingual in Paraguay, South America. That same year they launched a Young Enterprise company, which introduced foreign languages and cultures through storytelling. Little did they know, but this would prove an early blueprint for One Third Stories, their current venture.
One Third Stories looks to make revolutionise how we learn languages through stories that start in English and end in a different language, by gradually introducing new words. They launched a Kickstarter campaign recently, where they tripled their target and partnered with some world-renowned organisations like the Spanish Embassy, the Goethe-Institut and Nottingham University.
Max studied French and Spanish at the University of Stirling, and became a freelance translator after graduating. Although he set up his own website for business, he found translation work to be slow.
Max then set up Ace Work Gear, who specialise in construction safety gear to businesses. Ace operates throughout the UK bust has also dealt with businesses overseas.
Sam is the managing director for Hassle.com, and since taking over at the helm, has turned the business into the online market leader for booking a trusted cleaner across the UK and Ireland. It allows you to book a cleaner within a minute for as little as £10 per hour.
Prior to his time at Hassle, Sam graduated from LSE with an Economics Degree and studied for an MBA from IESE Business School. He has also headed up the Brazilian operations for Helping and was a Regional Director for Groupon UK.