GCSE cancellations are no cause for concern when you have an eye for business like Roydon's Thomas Allen
A 16-year-old entrepreneur is making the most of his GCSE exams being cancelled by undertaking his first foray into the world of business by launching T-J-A Pressure Washing Services.
Thomas Allen, from Roydon, launched his patio cleaning enterprise at the end of the Easter holidays, while still a pupil at Diss High School.
He decided to set up the business after spending a few years pressure washing his family’s patio at home.
“I really enjoy doing them,” he said.
“I wasn’t sure if it would be successful, but I have no GCSEs to do this year and I wanted to earn my own money, so I decided to see if there was enough interest.
“Everyone has been making more use of their gardens lately so it felt like perfect timing.”
Thomas, who is being supported in his endeavour by mum Tracy, is currently focused on services relating to patios, decking and driveways, but has dreams of expanding once the business gains momentum.
“Firstly, I hope to be successful and make a living from it, but I see myself doing much larger jobs, including work in garden areas, in the future,” he said.
“It’s been easy enough to learn so far – I did some research online and have purchased a new pressure washer fit for the job.
“Mum has helped loads. She’s helped set up a Facebook page, types up quotes and she’s also happy to taxi me around to jobs, which is a massive help.”
Thomas, who is happy to accept jobs outside of Diss provided they are not too far afield, is still at school full-time until May, but has been scheduling jobs for after school.
He has also been working at weekends and taking on extra jobs during holidays.
“I’ve always wanted to be independent,” he said. “You can never get rich working for someone else.”
Mum Tracy, 41, said: “I’m super proud of him and the fact that he has grown into such a confident lad.
“His work ethic is outstanding.”