Ben Towers is a young British next generation entrepreneur who started his own web design company at the age of just 11. He has grown and developed his businesses to cover branding and a thriving social media consultancy which is now a part of another agency following successfully exiting the business aged 18.
Widely acclaimed by the British business community, he’s been named NatWest Entrepreneur of the Year and dubbed one of the UK’s most exciting
entrepreneurs by Sir Richard Branson.
It all started when Ben designed a website (using lessons from YouTube) for a family friend for £50. He learned more and built increasingly more advanced
sites. He hired his skills out via peopleperhour. com, and as the business grew he took on a freelance designer to take care of developing whilst he looked afterthe management side, all before he started his GCSEs.
Along the way, Ben hit a number of barriers; his bank account was frozen after too many transactions were processed for a children’s account (and he wasn’t
allowed a business account), this led him to lobbying the banks and becoming the first person in the UK to get a business bank account under the age of 18.
Whilst doing his exams he had to fire a member of staff for not responding to clients. Before his 18th birthday, he was running a fully fledged SME with a team of 26 designing sites and working on national and international social media campaigns for companies including QuickBooks, Pot Noodle, Champneys and Virgin.
Faced with focusing on his business or taking on A Levels (due to UK law), Ben compromised and became an apprentice is his own business, which meant
having an employee review his work! By doing this Ben became the first on record to employ themselves in this way.
Far from being a disadvantage, his age is a key strength in his understanding of the social media landscape (he’s roughly the same age as Google). He has an insight into what’s new, what’s fading from popularity, and who’s using what platform.
Now also a mentor to new entrepreneurs, Ben topped The Times’ global Super Teen Power List and is an advisor on the CBBC series Pocket Money Pitch (a
Dragons’ Den for young entrepreneurs). Alongside his unusual entrepreneurial story, Ben also speaks about the wider world of technology and content from
the view of someone who has effectively known little else.
He considers disruption from new technologies and new ways of doing business. He looks at the expectations of the millennial generation as consumers and employees with insights into the potential lifespan of the likes of Facebook and Instagram.
Business wise Ben’s main focus is on a new worldwide health movement with the vision of inspiring his generation to live healthier and happier lives. This new business is currently preparing to launch a cutting-edge app to help young people achieve their health goals and connect with others.
'I approached Ben asking if he could spare a few moments to be interviewed as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Networking Association, with a quick response his interview received a lot of engagement and I was very impressed with his professionalism as such a young entrepreneur. After talks with Ben I was inspired to highlight how much somebody as achieved especially at such a young age.'
'The Oxford English dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit” Not only did Ben embrace this, at the tender age of 11, but he has run with it making his own enterprise hugely successful by any standards, let alone in one so young. What I also find admirable and exceptional in Ben is his willingness, and enthusiasm, to encourage all, be they young or old, to do exactly what he has done and become an entrepreneur alongside him. He will always find the time to talk to anyone and discuss their ideas and offer help and support. All this on top of running his own business and attending school.'
'I first met Ben Towers in my capacity of Central London Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses and was immediately struck by his composure in the meeting we were both attending. There were around 12 people in attendance most of whom had met one another before. Ben was a stranger to most of us yet instinctively seemed to know when to speak and what to say and I must say I warmed to him instantly. He certainly knows his subject. Since that first meeting we've met on numerous occasions. Being in business is about meeting fellow business people, convincing them you know what you're doing and then delivering what you promise and Ben has grasped that admirably. He displays business acumen and confidence beyond his years and society really needs more people like him.'
'Young entrepreneur' is a phrase which describes Ben Towers very well but 'brilliant young entrepreneur' would be more appropriate. Ben started working with me when he was only 11 and I was immediately impressed by his knowledge and talents regarding many different areas of technology. I would not hesitate to recommend his work. He has sorted out many problems for me and I have always found him reliable and efficient in all he does.'
'Ben has been voted the UK's most successful Young Entrepreneur for great reasons. Whilst at my show 'The Great British Business Show' he more than fitted in amongst some of the UK's fastest growing Business Owners and held the floor brilliantly whilst conducting 2 insightful seminars in front of packed audiences who showed fantastic admiration to hear him. He is one to watch, has a great future in front of him and commands great respect whilst in his presence.'