The UK is jam-packed with budding entrepreneurs, many of which are under the age of 30. Here, we celebrate the successes of some of these bright young minds by sharing ten inspirational UK entrepreneurs under 30.
At the tender age of 23, Dominic bought the Maytime Inn in Asthall, in the Cotswolds. He began the tough job of renovating it and rebuilding its former reputation shortly after purchasing it, and these days, it is a successful business. What makes Dominic's success story so impressive is that before this venture, he had only a few years of experience working in hotels and bars. If that isn't something to be proud of, we don't know what is.
The Maytime Inn has won several awards and accolades from industry experts such as Expedia.
Dominic graduated from Oxford Brookes with a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, but it is his talent for spotting a good opportunity alongside his flair for management that has made him and the Maytime a resounding success.
Scottish boy Gavin does not immediately strike you as being shy - it takes a lot of guts to speak to audiences of over 300 people at a time and for your YouTube videos to have 2.5 million views, but that’s what Gavin describes himself as!
He’s an award-winning entrepreneur, podcast host, speaker & Director of Fat Pony, an agency that works with brands all over the world on their Facebook advertising strategy. He shows them how to use Facebook to not only build up an audience but turn that traffic and that attention into profit. He has been featured in publications such as the Social Media Examiner, Huffington Post, and KissMetrics, making him a real contender when it comes to leaders in digital entrepreneurship.
Netherlands-born Amy grew up in Scotland and studied Neuroscience at the University of Dundee. However, she decided that actually, looking at nervous systems wasn’t what she wanted to do: marketing was.
Amy spent four years working in marketing before going it alone in January 2016 with Pop Content. Pop Content is a successful content marketing agency that aims to help businesses get the very maximum out of the internet on a limited budget.
Ryan formed Vape Shoreditch in 2015, manufacturing and distributing his own brand of e-liquid for e-cigarettes and vapes. He also offers a subscription service, where customers have the choice of more than 30 flavours and nicotine strengths. He aims to help the people of Europe stop smoking by providing great-tasting and effective vape liquid at a reasonable price.
It’s a far cry from what he did shortly after graduating from Essex University when he worked as an interest rate options broker - you can’t get much different from that!
If you are looking at the picture and thinking ‘I recognise that name and her face’ - you are not wrong! Vana featured on The Apprentice back in 2015, with the idea of launching a gaming and dating app. While she did not win the show, a crowdfunding campaign helped her to hit her target and launch DatePlay - it only took three days for her to raise £150,000!
She did not stop there though, going on to set up three other successful businesses, one being her very own brand of wine – Vino by Vano - and a social network for financial services.
Johnny Pryn and Alex Somervell
These two young’uns are the founders of One Third Stories, a venture set up to help introduce children to languages and culture through the medium of storytelling. It came about when Jonny - who like many people in Britain, had found learning a new language hard - met Alex, who had grown up in Paraguay and was bilingual. They work with some international organizations including the Spanish Embassy and Nottingham University.
Since taking on the role of Managing Director at Hassle, the business has gone from strength to strength. It is now the UK and Ireland leader for booking reliable and trustworthy cleaners online for as little as £10 per hour.
Before he started at Hassle, he studied for an Economics Degree at LSE and an MBA from IESE Business School. He has also worked as a Regional Director for Groupon UK.
Ben started off as a student, delivering pizzas, but by 2016 was the man behind the fastest-growing brand in the UK - that is quite some achievement! He founded Gymshark in 2012 at the tender age of 19, creating a line of workwear when he was unable to find anything that he liked on the market. Within a couple of years of starting up and grafting hard, Gymshark was turning over £250,000. Nine years later, and that figure has reached more than £230 million.
Ben really is a young entrepreneur - he started out in the world of business at just 11 years old! His friend challenged him to make a website, and he certainly rose to the challenge, building Towers Design. He taught himself everything he knows while being at school and was the first person to ever employ themselves as an apprentice. In 2017, he merged with Zest the Agency in a multi-million-pound deal before moving on to create Tahora, an app to help improve employee’s wellbeing.
Urenna is the driving force behind the Cashmere app, launched in 2018 to help millennial women who want the finer things in life manage their money and still buy luxurious high-end goods. It was inspired by a trip to Harrods, where Urenna resisted splashing out £600 on a pair of shoes. She came up with the idea of the app and reached out to other entrepreneurs to start it up. It has developed and moved on from being a relatively simple savings app to a resource to help young women manage their finances and plan for their futures.
It is difficult not to feel inspired by some of these entrepreneurial young minds, and it really does prove that age is nothing but a number, and that a good idea, hard work, and a determined spirit trump all.