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18 year old 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 fully-mobile cleaning and valeting services to close friends and family.

Since then, Hytech Detailers 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.

Like many young people, Charlie was sceptical about the potential career pathways he wanted to pursue during his time at sixth form, as university or an apprenticeship didn’t initially appeal to him. In the end, he set up a business from something that he genuinely enjoys doing.

Through taking the plunge to set up his own business, Charlie explains that he learnt a lot about the fundamental aspects of business in real-world practice, including finance, taxes and insurance.

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.”