Seventeen-year-old Matt Lovett started his business, WowVoucherCodes.com, from his bedroom while revising for his GSCEs. He was recently presented with an award by Alistair Darling.
Matt Lovett, 17 years old and founder of marketing company Wow Media, started his business, WowVoucherCodes.com, from his bedroom while revising for his GSCEs. He was recently presented with an award by Alistair Darling.
Where did you get the idea?
It just came to me through looking at other sites. My mum’s not really into business and my dad owns a car showroom. All my knowledge has been self-taught.
When did you first start out?
At 13, I started my own cashback website with the money I made from selling sweets at school and some pocket money. I then founded Wow Media in 2007. It used up a lot of my time and I failed most of my GCSEs.
How did you find starting up?
Really confusing, but I picked up things along the way. To be honest, I wish I had taken business at school. I would have enjoyed learning something I have an interest in.
What was it like meeting Alistair Darling?
Very cool. I was surprised as it was a great achievement and he was a really nice man. Also, I think winning an award like that has helped to raise the profile of the business.
At the moment, I employ six members of staff and work full time at the office. But the way the company is expanding, we are looking to employ another two this year. Beyond that, I don’t know at the moment.