Harvey has been part of the club since 2013 and is now a board member. We recently interviewed Harvey to find out more about him.
What’s your name and what are you interested in?
Hi, I’m Harvey Morton and I’m a 17 year old young entrepreneur from Sheffield. My biggest interest is my business: I have a strong passion for I.T and business so I thought that I should combine the two and that’s how I created my company Harvey Morton I.T Support. I have many other interests too: when I get any free time I like to go to the cinema or gym and spend time with my friends and family. I always listen to music whilst I’m working and I love going to concerts too.
Why did you come to the BiG YEC?
I first came to the BiG YEC in 2013 after winning various prizes in The BiG Challenge Enterprise Competition and being encouraged to come along by staff at my school. Since I attended my first YEC session a few years ago, I have never looked back and I am now a regular attender of the YEC sessions. The Young Entrepreneurs Club is always an exciting place to be, there’s an opportunity to meet new people and get an insight into business whilst taking part in fun team building activities.
Do you run a business currently?
Yes, I run my own business and I am very proud to say that I do so. Lots of my friends and family always say to me – “Don’t you ever just want to relax in front of the TV?” and although I never get much free time, I don’t like having nothing to do because my business is my passion and I am always thinking of what I could do next. Harvey Morton I.T Support specialises in I.T support, web design, app development and SEO services. I pride myself on offering great customer service with a quick service and a quick solution. I started the company in August 2013 after winning ‘Best Website Content’ at The BiG Challenge Awards 2013 and realising that I could run a business which specialises in using my skills rather than specialising in a product. Since then I have gone on to win various prizes in The BiG Challenge 2014/2015 including ‘Biggest Profit Made’ and ‘2nd Prize Post-16’.
What have you learnt from making mistakes?
Steve Jobs once said “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” One of the problems that I’ve had this year was when I had just finished designing a website for a client and she decided that because of financial issues she didn’t want to go ahead and purchase the website. I lost money and valuable time whilst working on this project and I realised that I can’t let it happen again. So to solve this I now take a 15% deposit to cover my fees before starting a web design project for a client. I haven’t had as many problems this year compared to the problems that I had last year. I feel that this is very positive because it shows that my company is well structured and well put together.
Why are you interested in business?
I first became interested in business after hearing about The BiG Challenge Enterprise Competition back in June 2011 although I have always enjoyed creating my own mock websites and businesses from a very young age. I decided to enter The BiG Challenge for the first time in 2012 after hearing about the competition and realising what a great opportunity it was. My first business was a key-rings and accessories company called ‘Key2Unlock’ and I ran this with one of my close friends as a partnership. ‘Key2Unlock’ was a huge success and we were lucky enough to be invited to The BiG Challenge Final Awards 2012 after our first time competing in the enterprise competition. At The Awards we won ‘Best Presentation to Judges’ and ‘3rd Prize in the Key Stage 3 Category’. We were so proud to know that we had triumphed in the competition. After realising that I had become more confident from competing in The BiG Challenge and realising that I enjoyed business. I have never looked back.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I plan to continue running my successful company in the future. I see myself running my own businesses in the long term too. The great thing about the world of enterprise is that you never know who you are going to meet or what opportunities tomorrow could bring. That’s why I love it.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
I would advise any budding entrepreneur to take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t be afraid to fail. I would definitely recommend entering The BiG Challenge Enterprise Competition and attending The Young Entrepreneurs Club on a regular basis – I guarantee that you will see a change in yourself after doing so. Get involved and don’t be afraid to try new things!
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