‘Bullies will clean for me one day’

Young entrepreneur Ollie Forsyth
Young entrepreneur Ollie Forsyth

A 17-year-old entrepreneur who defied his bullies to earn thousands of pounds is looking for an author to write his story.

At six years old, Ollie Forsyth, from Pury End, would charge his parents 20p for cups of tea and doubled the price if it needed reheating.

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He now studies at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and is aiming to make £100,000 from his self-help magazine and online fashion shop this year.

“I was badly bullied at school and told I would never succeed in life,” Ollie said. “But I was determined to prove those bullies wrong.

“I am determined to get to the top and one day one of those bullies will come along and ask me for a job

“Well, they will not be getting one, they shouldn’t have bullied me. They can be my cleaner instead.”

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The aspiring businessman wants teenagers to read of his struggles at school and be inspired to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “I am very dyslexic, but looking at some of the billionaires today, a lot of them are dyslexic - does that show something?”

With business booming, Ollie boasts an impressive collection of model cars which is valued at £10,000.

He even part-owns a full-size Triumph GT6 Mk1, a Herbie Beetle and a 1930 Austin Ulster with his father Angus - whose insurance work involves classic cars.

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Young entrepreneur Ollie Forsyth PNL-150701-154759001

Ollie first went to Bruern Abbey School in Chesterton which he described as the ‘most amazing dyslexic school in the country’ before enduring a torrid time at Milton Abbey in Dorset.

He was bullied and left at 16 without any qualifications.

“School was never for me,” Ollie said. “My grandfather, who was an entrepreneur always said: ‘Ollie, you will either end up in prison or you will be a millionaire’.

“I thought to myself, I will work as hard as I can to get to the top.”

Ollie started at The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Rugby in September 2014 and described it as the ‘best decision’ he has ever made.

“This is where I belong,” he said. “It’s pointless staying at school if you are not enjoying it, you have to find what you are good at, and take it on.

“Qualifications are important if you want to be a lawyer, doctor, nurse, banker, but all your boss wants to see is that you can do the job that is being required.”

Despite getting Ds, Es and Fs at his GCSEs, Ollie’s online shop makes him £13,000 a year from selling belts, cufflinks, wallets and necklaces for teenagers.

More recently, he has built a self-help magazine - The Budding Entrepreneur - to offer hints and tips to youngsters to follow his lead and encourages anyone with an business idea to get in touch with him at info@tbemagazine.com