LITTLE entrepreneurs Daniel and Ella Peach have launched a new enterprise which has won the approval of a TV Dragon.
Daniel, 10, and Ella, seven, have started selling quails’ eggs after saving their pocket money to buy four of the birds. They are following in the footsteps of mum Claire, who has set up Hens for Hire from the family home in Hanbury.
The children have helped mum out and were inspired to start their own business. When they tweeted about the scheme, former Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis, sent back a message of support.
“Global quail egg domination is my children’s plan,” laughs Claire. “We obviously get overrun with chicken eggs and they wanted to do something different. They saved for three months to buy the quails and all the equipment and feed.”
The birds have been named after characters from Harry Potter and Daniel and Ella have now gone into production.
Claire says: “They have got up every morning to look after them and have drawn up leaflets with all their prices. Next is a Facebook page and they have asked a local store to stock them.”
Dad, Steven, is a teacher who runs an enterprise team while Claire’s business hires out chickens and hen houses to schools all around the country.
Claire discovered that Theo Paphitis runs a competition called Small Business Sunday, where you are invited to Tweet your money-making ideas.
“He picks six out that he likes, says Claire, “and they go on his website. We tweeted him about the quails and he tweeted back that he really liked the idea. There about 300,000 people who follow him so, all of a sudden, we had quite an influx of people. I told the children he probably wouldn’t have time to come back to us, so that was really nice.”
Daniel and Ella’s business careers have got off to a flying start.
Claire says: “They are still getting up at half past six to feed the quails. We have had a chat about equity and they have agreed 50-50 but I’m sure there will be conversations about how ‘I let them out more than you’. That happens with all business partners!”