Marlow based businessman Sam Hargreaves joined an illustrious panel of top entrepreneurs for a special question time launching Global Entrepreneurship Week at the British Library Conference Centre earlier this month, chaired by Real Business magazine co-founder, Matthew Rock.
The 21 year old owner of gadget recycling business, gadgets4everyone, answered a string of questions from an audience of businesses and fledgling entrepreneurs in London and around the world through a live video broadcast and tweets.
Other panellists were fashion designer Orla Kiely and her business partner Dermott Rowan, Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers and Stephen Fear, Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library.
Global Entrepreneur Week is a national campaign run by The Prince of Wales’ charity, Youth Business International. The week is a celebration of activities across the UK to encourage people to start and grow their own businesses.
As part of the Centre’s activities, the Library holds many “role model” events, at which aspiring entrepreneurs are able to hear from, and quiz, high-profile business people about the secrets of their success. In the past, Martha Lane Fox, Richard Reed, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioammou and Deborah Meaden have all take the stage.
Sam Hargreaves, started his own business originally as an A’level project at Desborough School, Maidenhead, which was also attended by Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones. Sam Hargreaves has already reached the first million milestone with the company he started with £5,000 savings for a car earned through a weekend shop job. He is glad now he went against parental advice and started the business instead of buying the car as planned.
He recently won an Apprentice Employer of the Year award and now employs a growing number of apprentices and full time staff at offices in Station Road, Marlow. He has ambitious growth plans abroad as well as a constant stream of entrepreneurial ideas.
“The audience enjoyed the stories of my business journey so far and flocked to talk to me afterwards. Some asked my advice. I was honoured to be part of this special event and flattered so many people took the trouble to ask questions in person and online. It was an amazing experience taking part in the event and meeting celebrated entrepreneurs.” said Sam.