Castaway – In the news!

Did you see our youngest Ambassador Archie Major from Castaway Cottage in the Telegraph last week? The article focused on teen entrepreneurs like Archie.

The number of businesses set up by teenagers rose by almost a fifth during the pandemic as young people used lockdown to start their own companies. More than 10,200 teenagers aged between 16 and 19-years-old have registered a business with Companies House since January 2020… this bodes well for our Dragons Apprentice Teams.

Rachel Mortimer wrote in the Telegraph on the 13th October:

Archie Major is aged 14 but already has his career plan mapped out. He hopes his business, Castaway Cottage, which makes cruelty free bath products and home fragrances, will be big enough to run full-time once he leaves school.

What began as Mr Major making presents for his grandparents soon grew into a local business, once parents at his primary school began buying his products.

“But it was in lockdown that the business really took off and I boosted my online service.

“My main focus is on zero waste and recyclable packaging because I think it’s so important for young people to look after our planet for ourselves and future generations,” he said.

The businessman donates a percentage of the company’s products to the charity ADD-vance, which supports families in Hertfordshire with Autism.

Image: Archie poses in his home workshop for photographer Andrew Crowley

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