A TEENAGE entrepreneur has got off to a red hot start in business after winning the backing of a “dragon”.
Luke Robertson, 19, owns Wallchimp which is an online company selling wall stickers for the home and office.
He set it up last year after leaving sixth form college.
Luke has watched Wallchimp steadily develop from an eBay venture to a growing organisation with more than 600 customers.
His business has now caught the eye of Dragon’s Den investor Theo Paphitis in his weekly Twitter chats. He invited him onto his Small Business Winners programme and Tweeted about Luke to his 340,000-plus followers.
Luke, from Hartlepool said: “I was over the moon he selected Wallchimp. My website hits immediately went up by 600 per cent and my Twitter went mental. I am seeing sales increase from all of the online PR too.”
Luke left English Martyrs School with 11 GCSEs grades As and Bs before heading to sixth form college where he got A* grades in A-Level Product Design, Graphic Design and Photography. But instead of heading off to university he decided to set up his own business.
Luke hopes to grow Wallchimp internationally and plans to set up more businesses.
He added: “I’d love to live in America one day and hope to see Wallchimp grow and grow.”