Hello, my name’s Henry, I’m 19 years old and I’ve lived in Whitley Bay since 2002. I love it here!
Henry’s Local was launched in November 2018 with two clear aims:
To make local shopping easy, and
To help local producers reach a wider audience
I have always wanted to have my own business.
I enjoyed my time at The Kings School, Tynemouth – the teachers and staff were truly great – but being honest, it’s entrepreneurialism that runs in my veins, not education.
When I was eleven, I set up a hot dog stall at the nearby skate park learning about food preparation, customer service and the importance of cash flow. The Ferrari was definitely put on hold, despite selling out on a regular basis.
A couple of years later, I ran a couple of weekend stalls at Tynemouth Market. I loved the friendly chat with customers and the banter between the vendors. I learned about the balance between quality and price and that many people are happy to pay a little bit more for something that’s clearly better quality or fresher.
Fast forward to 2018 and, despite winning a place at Durham University, I decided that, rather than spend 3 years studying Sports Science, the time was right to take a risk and take the plunge. Some say brave, some say stupid…we’ll see. My parents weren’t at all surprised and have been very supportive.
The main reason for choosing Henry’s as opposed to some other business venture was that I felt that whilst most people want to buy local, they don’t because it doesn’t fit with their busy lives. For many people, going to the supermarket is easier than parking in the town and wandering up and down the High Street. Surveys show that most people would shop locally if it was more convenient, hence Henry’s Local. We’ve all seen the power of the supermarkets swell at the expense of the High Street and local businesses, and I want to reverse this damaging trend through Henry’s so that, together, we can help our local Davids beat the Global Goliaths.
My Dad has worked for Ringtons for over 20 years and I have seen how a local business can thrive in the face of the retail giants by offering customers quality products backed by reliable, friendly service. I aim to emulate this example of local produce for local people. I truly believe that if I have happy customers, I will have a successful and sustainable business.
So, thank you for taking the time to read about my story so far.
I’m sure I will learn a great deal in the coming months and years and I hope that my business adds value to our local community of which I am so very proud.