Sam French, also known as Sam the Gingerbread Man is an award winning entrepreneur known for being the founder and managing director of Sam’s Kitchen makers of gingerbread men that wear fashionable clothes.
Sam showed a keen interest in business and showed a great entrepreneurship at a very young age. From as long as he can remember he has been involved in business. Starting with selling his McDonalds toy’s on his Dad’s car antiques stall.
A few years later Sam was in London and saw gingerbread men and thought he could do better. So he went home and taught him self how to bake and started selling to the largest farm shop in Sussex. Later he would enter and win Young Start Up Talent (Dragons Den for young people). Winning £50,000 worth of business services for Sam’s Kitchen making gingerbread men wearing fashionable clothes.
Sam’s gingerbread men go where fashion goes. His most most famous product are their gingerbread men and women. The gingerbread people wear fashionable clothes that change each fashion season. Their outfits are inspired by fashion week and are designed by Sam.
Sam loves giving speeches and says it’s one of the perks of the job. He have given speeches along side Rob Shaw, co-founder of Jack Wills; Matthew Hancock, Minister for State for Business and Enterprise and British Airways as well as places like the BIS office in Westminster.
Sam says, “When I give a speech I want to inspire people, particularly young people, with my story: It’s the best bit! Not just to start their own business but to follow their dreams whether that be their dream job, apprenticeship or any other goal they may have. But of course I would like them to start there own business…I’m biased you see!”
As well as inspiring people to start there own business and telling his story he wants to share some of his experiences, how to avoid some of the pitfalls and give tips so they can do it for themselves.
"We have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen whom we can highly recommend as a reliable and conscientious young man."
"Sam gives a disarming back to basics account of himself and his business journey. Packed full of passion and brilliant advice we were all mightily impressed. Today gingerbread, tomorrow the world. Who wouldn't step away from a talk with Sam and want to grab every opportunity coming their way."