A young entrepreneur is looking forward to an audience with Richard Branson.
Luke Robertson, who launched his online venture Wallchimp just months after leaving Sixth Form College in Hartlepool, is set to meet the billionaire tycoon after being invited to a networking event.
His business, which specialises in the design and creation of custom vinyl wall stickers, has already caught the eye of Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis, who named Robertson as one of his Small Business Sunday winners and tweeted about Wallchimp to his 403,000 followers. Luke was also a runner-up in last year’s North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.
Luke, 20, said: “It has been an incredible year for both myself and Wallchimp, which has ended with the invite to the Virgin Unite event in London. t’s a get together for people from across the world to share their entrepreneurial ideas and work together to help their businesses to grow. I hope I get the chance to speak to Richard as I’ll certainly be picking his brains.”
Launched on eBay in October 2012, Wallchimp has quickly grown, attracting both domestic and commercial customers looking to brighten up their homes, offices, shops and workplaces, with off-the-shelf and custom designed wall stickers. Corporate clients include Boots, EDF Energy and the Body Shop. Robertson has been helped by the backing of Hartlepool Enterprise Centre.’’
Mick Emerson, principal economic development officer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It is great to see someone so young really understand what entrepreneurial spirit is all about and grab each opportunity he gets.”