Meet Henry: 9 Year-Old Entrepreneur Launched 3rd Start-up

Henry Patterson launched his first start-up at the age of 7, selling bags of manure for £1.

Next Henry set up his own eBay store in which he sold items he had bought from charity shops. Soon he made £150.

Recently Henry has set up his 3rd start-up: he’s selling sweets under the name of Not Before Tea.

The range of sweets is now sold at website Sherbetpip, but is created and designed by nine year old Henry Patterson.

Henry designed the product range, came up with idea for the logo and decided on the name for the business based on his mother’s response whenever he asks her for sweets.

“No one knows the type of sweets that children like better than a child,” says Henry.

“Sweets must be as fun as toys and do stuff,” he adds. As well as ensuring that each jar was an adventure in its own right, Henry set out to solve the biggest problem with confectionery – how to soften the blow when the sweets are all gone.


Most of the Not Before Tea products come with glass pens to decorate the jars.

Henry also includes reward stickers for grown-ups to give children to make sure they clean their teeth. “I hate cleaning my teeth after I have eaten sweets but love getting stickers at the dentist. That’s how I got the idea,” he says.

Henry has plans for Not Before Tea to go solo before his tenth birthday.

He has already had over 100 orders for his sweets and smashed his £10 profit target for the first month in the first week.

Henry proudly hands out business cards stating creative director to fellow pupils at Swanbourne House School, Buckinghamshire.

Henry, whose father Julian, 52, works in marketing, said: ‘I started coming up with business ideas when I was five. I started selling manure and I loved it – even if it was a bit smelly.

Henry’s mother, a PR manager, set up her site as part of a programme with Bedfordshire County Council that shows young people how easy it can be to start a small business.




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