A former Saturday girl at a jewellers has shown “true entrepreneurial spirit” by becoming the owner of the shop, aged just 18.
At a time when most school- leavers are starting courses at university or eyeing the first step on a career ladder, Molly Clegg is meeting with suppliers, dealing with customers and monitoring sales as a fully fledged business owner.
The 18-year-old has opened the doors of Murano Silver, in Market Place, Market Deeping, as its owner after an opportunity arose to take over the business.
With advice and help from her parents, Molly put together the funds to buy the shop where she had begun working one day a week about a year ago, but had been a fan of the shop for far longer.
She said: “The business opened when I was about 10. I used to come in all the time. I absolutely loved it.
“When I was old enough I got a job on Saturdays. When an opportunity came up to buy it, I was really, really keen.”
Molly, who lives in Market Deeping, left school with four A-levels but was not sure about going on to university.
She said: “I had considered it, but I didn’t really know what to do.
“But when I got this opportunity, I knew this was what I wanted to do. There was no doubt. This is such an amazing opportunity I don’t feel like I’m missing out by not going to university.”
Molly’s entrepreneurial spirit dates back to her early teens, when she sold handmade jewellery to friends.
A line of her work, called Made By Molly, is also available in the shop.
Ironically, she dropped business studies at GCSE in favour of drama.
She said the difference between being a “Saturday girl” and the owner was a “bit of a shock” in light of the extra work which came with it, on such things as monitoring sales, but said she was relishing the chance to be the boss.
She said: “There’s obviously a lot more responsibility, but it’s a lot more fun as well because I get to choose the stock, so it’s all stuff I really like so when people ask me about it I’m really enthusiastic.”
Her age has also managed to surprise the odd supplier too.
She said: “I went to one showroom and they were a bit shocked, but I guess that’s kind of understandable because not a lot of people my age are in my situation.”
Simon Beardsley, chief executive at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said Molly’s story was one of “true entrepreneurial spirit.”
“I would like to wish Molly every success in her new venture,” he said.
“Young adults her age have so many options, with many choosing to go into further education. But Molly took the decision to invest in her own future by launching a business.”