TEENAGER Blessing Maregere certainly means business.
The 18-year-old is undertaking the enterprise development degree course at Huddersfield University – and has already launched a range of enterprises.
When he was just 16, Zimbabwe-born Blessing spotted a gap in the market and set up the Essential Cleaning Company, based in Leeds.
He eventually sold the business, but soon found new outlets for his energies, including a company named Bright Futures Enterprise, which seeks to encourage entrepreneurship among youngsters.
Now Blessing, who arrived in the UK in 2006 to join members of his family, has become involved with the Leeds group of a go-ahead venture named Not Just A Trading Company.
The business, which fully launches this month, sells products including rice, coffee, chocolate and tea and operates on Fair Trade principles – pledging to pay a proper price to its food suppliers abroad and in the UK.
Despite having a number of enterprises under his belt, Blessing says he is still learning.
“I work hard and like to get involved with new things all the time,” he said. “Fortunately, I only need four hours’ sleep a night!”