Celebrating the people behind British small businesses

We asked some kids what kind of businesses they wanted to start – their answers will make you cry with laughter!

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This time of year can leave you feeling a bit burnt out. Christmas stress, long hours, and the festive retail rush all take their toll. We thought a bit of inspiration for the New Year would be just the ticket – and who better to chat to then the entrepreneurs of the future? That’s right, children who dream big and who have hilarious small business ideas! We asked them what business they’d like to start, and why…

Retail geniuses

From Willy-Wonka inspired sweets to toy shops, these kids will be giving Philip Green a run for his money!

Lily-Rose (5) – “A shop that sells sweets that are pink, purple and orange, because those are the best colours.”

Heidi (2) – “A shop for welly boots and dresses, for shopping!”

Alexis (3) – “A toy shop, so I could have them all to myself!”

Felix (4) – “A sweet shop that would be red, and pink, and yellow, and blue, and purple…I’d sell the big blue sweets that make your tongue blue. And fizzies, I like fizzies! And gum, but not the gum that makes you blow up -that’s silly. Normal chewy gum, that tastes of roast dinners.”

The sensible ones

Some of our young entrepreneurs had ideas that were a bit more realistic.

Olivier (8) – “I would open a store called ‘Toily Pa’ which would sell bathroom supplies.”

Thália (10) – “I want to own a book cover design business!”

Monkeying around

Animal-themed businesses also proved very popular with the children we asked!

Liam (5) – “A pet shop so that everyone can have a pet, and because my mummy spends loads in the pet shop so I would be rich!”

Poppy  (2) – “I would start a My Little Pony farm where the horses would be big and children could ride them and make them look beautiful all the time.”

Emmy (4) – “A pet shop where I can keep the pets!”

Jude (4) – “A monkey store, because I like monkeys!”

And the downright imaginative…

Luca (10) – “An atomic cell converter shop.”

Jack (5) – “A machine to make lots of snow zombies, so I can beat my mum at snowball fights!”

Finally, a real-life young entrepreneur – Dylan Allman, who wrote his own recipe book – talks about his own experience of running a business.

“Running a business is brilliant because you get to decide what to do. When I was writing my recipe book it was up to me which recipes I put in, and how it all looked. It was hard working out how many books to print because I wasn’t sure how many I could sell, but if there’s something you’re not sure about you can ask someone already in business. I usually ask my Mum.

“You have to work hard. Last week I was at a Christmas Market from 10am-5pm selling my books but it was brilliant because I set the stall out how I wanted. I looked at it like a customer would so I could see what they saw and made sure it looked good. I met lots of people who wanted to buy my book and I could tell them all about it.

“I did crowdfunding to raise the money to get my book printed. That was brilliant because I made videos, wrote project updates, and people knew I was working hard. I’m now thinking about what I can do once I’ve sold all my recipe books. I’m very excited about my new plans.”

Check out our feature on young entrepreneurs!