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Business booming for technical teens

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: September 24, 2009

<P>Joseph Hayat, right, and Callum Hives have their own IT business.</P>

Joseph Hayat, right, and Callum Hives have their own IT business.

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They are too young to vote, buy alcohol or even drive a car, but Lincolnshire teenagers Callum Hives and Joseph Hayat are blazing a trail with their incredible business acumen.

The 16-year-old school boys combine A-level studies with running a successful IT company.

Between them they have more than 30 clients, one full-time employee, company mobile phones and a company moped.

Business customers have even paid for taxis to collect the boys from school so they can solve IT problems during their free periods.

Now the pair are considering putting future career plans on ice because the business, called Zeal Wave, has so much potential to expand.

Callum, from Navenby, near Lincoln, said he was amazed by how well the firm had taken off.

"It's been fantastic," he said. "We started off working in Navenby but soon realised there was a wide market for the services we provide.

"Now we've worked in solicitors offices and for a local building contractor, as well as retail outlets and private homes.

"I'm at school between 9am and 4pm so most of our work is done in the evening and at weekends, although I see some clients in my free periods and at lunch."

Callum said he had always been a "wheeler dealer".

"I've bought and sold on eBay and I've sold things like plants from my mum's garden at school. I would do anything I could do to make a profit really," he said.

"I've always been into computers too. I'm completely self taught, mainly from breaking things and putting them back together.

"I think we've done well because we have raw passion and determination. We've done everything ourselves. We have even converted an old outbuilding into an office."

Both boys took their GCSEs at Lincoln's Minster School last year. Callum got five A*s, four As and one C. He is now taking four A-levels at the school and is also sitting Microsoft exams.

Joseph achieved four As, three Bs and two Cs and is now sitting A-levels at St George's Technology College in Sleaford.

For more on how the boys are running their firm see Thursday's Lincolnshire Echo.

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    Mr John Jackson, Nettleham Rd Lincoln  |  September 25 2009, 8:04AM

    Martin & Mr &Mrs Cordwell, what on earth is going on are you going to have a duel for the love of mrs Cordwell, i wonder what is going on here to be honest a nice little love triangle i suspect. Getting away from the point two young men done well Martin grow up at 97

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    Martin, Lincoln  |  September 24 2009, 3:40PM

    If either of you two keyboard warriors would care to suggest a time and place for a rendezvous, I will happily provide proof of both my age and my retirement status, and furthermore I will also tell you to your faces that you are both somewhat lacking in gorm. I await your reply with unbated breath because I suspect that, having challenged you to back up your words, a reply will not be forthcoming.

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    Mr Bob Cordwell, Mablethorpe  |  September 24 2009, 3:27PM

    Yes Martin my wife is correct its a jolly good job your not so rude to her face, back in the day you would get a jolly good bunch of fives

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    Mrs Cordwell, Mablethorpe  |  September 24 2009, 3:24PM

    Well Martin, we all know you are not retired 32 yrs ago dont we so dont be so silly, you have made negative comments about the state in your comments, hats off to these lads we should encourage them more, high time you handed in the UB 40 and got cracking at trying to find a job lol

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    Martin, Lincoln  |  September 24 2009, 1:47PM

    Tell me Mrs Cordwell, which part of "they have more business and technical acumen in their little fingers than Alan Sugar has in his entire body" constitutes as something other than praise? Perhaps you should get of your bum and enrol in an English comprehension course. As for me getting a job, I gave up working 32 years ago when I retired. Got anything else stupid to say or are you done now?

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    Mrs Cordwell, Mablethorpe  |  September 24 2009, 1:17PM

    Martin your the fool here you should praise these two boys, high time Martin you got off your bum and found a full time job perhaps they could employ you to run them about lol

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    Martin, Lincoln  |  September 24 2009, 11:54AM

    He doesn't have to be addressed as 'sir'. I wouldn't address him as 'sir' and I'd love to see what he'd do about it. I may be 97, but I can still give idiots like him and this "the one and only truly original panther pink Martin from head to toe" person a swift kick up the derriere if needs be!

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    lynn, lincoln  |  September 24 2009, 10:34AM

    Martin - Sugar is a very rich idiot, I wouln't mind swopping bank accounts with him. It also really annoys me how he always has to be addressed 'Sir'. He's also a very arrogant individual. Watch this space where these two lads are concerned.

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    Martin, Lincoln  |  September 24 2009, 10:10AM

    Alan Sugar's an idiot; a mere figurehead propped up by his team of lackeys. As much as I disapprove of truancy, I will concede that these two boys have more business and technical acumen in their little fingers than he has in his entire body.

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    lynn, lincoln  |  September 24 2009, 9:35AM

    Two young men to be very proud of. Alan Sugar watch your back!

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