Kid Threatened with Suspension for Making £14,000 Selling Sweets at School


This is 15-year-old Tommie Rose, a pupil at Buile Hill High School, Salford, who has recently been threatened with suspension, but not for the reason you might think...


For the past three years Tommie has been running a “black market on sweet treats” within the school by selling sweets in bulk on the playground according to Manchester Evening News. Tommie had even grown his business to the point that he had two schoolfriend employees who were both paid £5.50 a day.

Originally inspired by the TV show Dragons Den he began selling sweets back in 2011 and ended up being suspended from his old school after it was found out he was making £60-£70 a day.

Tommies current school headteacher had this to say to the paper:

We admire this pupil’s entrepreneurship but school is not the place to set-up a black market of fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolates. We have extremely high standards and with our healthy eating policy we don’t allow isotonic drinks, fizzy drinks and large amounts of sweets for the good of our children. Our high standards are set out to pupils and their parents at the start of the school year.

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Tommie originally started selling sweets to make enough money to pay for his university tuition fees, he wants to do a business degree at Cambridge. He's made £14,000, falling short of his target by just £4,000 which he could have earn't before the end of the year if he hadn't already been stopped.

h/t buzzfeed