Teenage entrepreneur unveils plans to create 150 jobs after securing funding

A teenage entrepreneur who set up his business with support from Telford-based Young Britain has unveiled ambitious plans to create up to 150 jobs over the next 18 months.

Jordan Bowen, the founder of Jacob’s Jams and Spices Ltd, is already in talks with a high-end retail store to produce and supply authentic Asian food products. 

And the 18-year-old, whose fledgling company in Wolverhampton, said it was a £5,000 loan secured through Telford-based Young Britain, a youth campaign helping under-30s launches their own businesses, which helped him to achieve his entrepreneurial dream.

Young Britain is based at Telford Enterprise Hub, Hadley Park East.

Jordan is currently operating the business alongside completing three A-levels at the City of Wolverhampton College.

Jordan said: “I had really wanted to set up a business for so long but because of a lack of capital I had not been able to launch. I have not looked back since gaining approval for my Start Up Loan.

“I wanted to set up my own business because I realised our classic Eastern traditions and ancient techniques were disappearing as people were moving on from our heritage and modernising via today’s fast-paced society.”

The techniques used by Jacob’s Jams & Spices date back generations and a number of his 50-strong workforce are his relatives with the invaluable recipes and techniques carried forward from generation to generation.

Jordan said: “Our ambition is to provide authentic Indian food and move away from many products on sale that are gimmicky and not based on true Asian ingredients and recipes.”

Fay Easton, Start Up Britain local champion and co-founder of Young Britain based at The Enterprise Hub in Telford, said: “At just 18 years old Jordan is a perfect example of a Young Britain entrepreneur, driven by passion and determined to bring his vision for the business to life.

“Jordan submitted an impressive business plan that justified the Start Up Loan and provided the financial backing and mentoring for his start-up.

“The £5,000 Young Britain funding along with opportunities to attend monthly Mentoring events and gain one to one advice when needed, has allowed him to turn his business dream into reality.”

Jordan’s  product launches include Pink Indian Tea and a carbonated tea cocktail which he is planning to sell at the City Show in Wolverhampton.

“I hope to create 150 jobs in the next year and a half. I want to work with the Department for Work and Pensions and get the unemployed and teen mothers back into work.

“We have got capacity to expand at our premises and I want to have a nursery for single mothers to bring their children while they are working so they have their children close by and we can help subsidise the child care costs through the business,” he said.

Jordan, who has represented Wolverhampton at the UK Youth Parliament, also has political ambitions and become an MP as well as furthering his academic studies through University.

Jordan has plans to expand the business through a franchise model across the UK and internationally over the next 10 years.

He added: “Setting up my own company was a big step but with the help of Young Britain mentoring and funding I have been able to achieve a main ambition and am looking ahead to a really positive future.  Young Britain’s help has been life-changing.”

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