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18 Year Old LHS Entrepreneur sets up a business alongside studies

Charlie, a young entrepreneur from Cardiff has successfully set up his own vehicle valeting business alongside his A-Level studies at Llanishen High School.

The initial inspiration for setting up his business stemmed from watching tutorials on YouTube during the period of lockdown in 2020, which equipped him with the skills and expertise to offer low-priced car valets to close friends and family.

Since then, Charlie’s business has grown exponentially, and now has multiple employees offering fully-mobile cleaning and valeting services across Cardiff and Swansea. Charlie has since completed his studies, and now prioritises his time to manage his business.

Charlie’s advice to any young person who currently ‘on the fence’ regarding pursuing their business idea is to just “go for it”, as “you’re never going to succeed unless you actually try.”

Charlie has signed up to Cardiff Commitment as he is keen to inspire other young people with his story.

For help and support to get a business idea started, visit the Big Ideas Wales website which is full of information for young entrepreneurs.

ℹī¸ Young people can also access a range of support and advice from qualifications to mental health, by visiting one of the following websites:




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We hope you find these stories helpful and inspiring.

📸 L-R Charlie with his employee



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