Sweet dealing schoolboy hands over crisps and drinks to homeless after business ban
The 15-year-old sweet dealer delivered the ‘early Christmas present’ to rough sleepers in Manchester
A schoolboy entrepreneur who shot to fame after making £14,000 selling sweets at his school has given away the last of his stock to the homeless.
Tommie Rose found himself in trouble with his headteacher after it was revealed his ‘black market’ school tuck shop had raked in thousands of pounds to pay his University fees.
Now, with the looming threat of suspension from his school, Tommie has decided to close the playground business and give away the rest of his sweet-toothed goods to Manchester’s rough sleepers, the Manchester Evening News reports.
He dished out his stock as an ‘early Christmas present’ to the homeless.
Tommie said: “It was great to put a huge smile on their faces. It’s getting into winter and getting really cold so we decided to give them something ahead of Christmas. I looked around the house and realised we had so much food in, so I thought I should give it away.
“They were really thankful. We gave them multi-packs so they had enough to last them through the night. One of them said to me ‘I’ll sleep well tonight, thanks Tommie’.”
Dad Gary, 33, an office worker, added: “Realistically, with the threat of suspension from the school we decided there was no way Tommie could go on selling. He said ‘it’s coming up to winter and we’ve got so many homeless people in the city, why don’t we give it all away and give them an early Christmas present’?”
Tommie, who plans to go to University with the money earned from his sweet empire, says he is now meeting his headmaster to deliver a business plan for a healthy tuck shop.
The young businessman, who is trying to fund his university tuition fees, was inspired by TV shows Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.
Lord Alan Sugar has personally endorsed his business acumen – and gurus Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden took to Twitter to show their support for the teenager after we told his story.
Meanwhile Tommie, is considering a new business venture – involving T-shirts – and has attended a meeting ahead of a prospective job offer.
Simon Swan has offered the teenager and internship at his Manchester-based recruitment firm Hiring-Hub, which connects job-hunters with recruitment agencies via the web.
Tommie said: “I have had a few other job offers since the story broke, including an offer to sell fragrances. I just love the world of business.”