Born in 2004, 12 year old Henry has always had a passion for business. At five years old he became fascinated with retail and started his own little venture, selling horse manure!
At the age of seven he started to buy toys at car boot sales, which he went on to clean up and sell on ebay.
When he was nine Henry designed a novel range of sweets in jars, such as Mud and Worms. He also wrote a story book about an imaginary shop run by a mouse and an owl entitled The Adventures of Sherb and Pip.
He named the shop Not Before Tea because it is what his Grandma always used to say when he asked for sweets.
He published the book with the help of his mother, a wonderful illustrator named Becky Down and a small loan from his Grandma.
Henry decided to leave the sweets behind and focus on the book, which was a big success. Not Before Tea was launched.
Henry was lucky enough to be awarded a grant, which enabled him to bring the characters in the book to life through products such as bags, cushions, pencil cases and soft toys.
Not Before Tea now manufactures more than 40 products, which are stocked in 75 retailers across Europe.
Henry has developed a passion for speaking and has spoken at numerous trade and business events. He has been interviewed by the media as far away as Australia and regularly comments on the need for schools to do more to develop children’s interest in business as part of their broader education.
Henry is setting up a scheme called Young & Mighty to help young people develop their entrepreneurial talents.
He says: “Lots of children have great ideas for businesses, which they can work on in their spare time and grow when they finish their education.”