Tuck shop tycoon, 15, suspended by school for making £14k off Lucozade and sweets meets Dragons’ Den hero
A tuck shop tycoon, 15, who was suspended by his school for making £14,000 by selling Lucozade and chocolate has met one of his Dragons’ Den heroes.
Like two economic giants coming together, Tommie Rose was given invaluable business advice when he met Theo Paphitis.
The entrepreneurial pair discussed Tommie’s business plan and the savvy Dragon even passed on some business tips.
Tommie hit the headlines when he was caught running a ‘black market’ tuck shop at Buile Hill Visual Arts College in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Despite being suspended by the healthy-eating school, multiple business heavyweights – including Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meadon – came to the 15-year-old’s defence when it was revealed he had made his fortune in just THREE YEARS.
Tommie said: “Meeting Theo was the best moment of my life so far.
“The last few weeks have been mind-blowing with all the support I’ve had from millionaires like Lord Alan Sugar and Deborah Meadon.
“He told me he was impressed with my business sense for a 15-year-old.
“He said I still have things to work at but that I’m on the right tracks.
“It was an unbelievable experience.”
Theo – who also started his business empire selling Wagon Wheels and Curly Wurlys at school – surprised Tommy as he was visiting the teenage market in Stockport on Saturday December 13.
He was whisked off in the underwear mogul’s chauffeur driven Mercedes and pitched his business plan before getting some invaluable advice.
Tommie said: “It was just an amazing day.
“It’s incredible how I’ve gone from selling sweets in the playground to pitching to a Dragon in our house just amazing.”
The Salford lad – who is still in Year 10 – fell foul of teachers at his school in November for undermining school policies at combating obesity.
That move was slammed by entrepreneurs like Deborah Meadon, who said Tommie didn’t need a business degree, he was already a natural.
The 15-year-old has already branched out in his business empire, and has moved from just selling snacks to selling t-shirts.
In total he has made more than £60,000 – most of which was made by selling a signed Lucozade bottle in an online auction.
Tommie is saving his remarkable profits to pay for his tuition fees if he lands his dream place of studying business at Oxford or Cambridge.
The budding Dragon said: “I am now branching out into other lines and in discussions to open a store in Manchester to sell my stock.
“I leave school very soon and business is my future.
“You don’t have to be a straight A-star student to be good at enterprise – a lot of it is common sense and believing in yourself.
“I also will be doing some motivational talks to youth clubs and schools about my life skills and being from a council estate in Salford but seeing my dream and grabbing it with both hands