Web-savvy students help MP to win the youth vote

webram'16-year-old internet service provider founders Joshua Walker and Samuel Sheldrick with one of their first customers, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane
webram'16-year-old internet service provider founders Joshua Walker and Samuel Sheldrick with one of their first customers, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane
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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP’s website is looking snappy thanks to two college students who have become the youngest people in Britain to set up an internet service provider.

Denis MacShane, who represents Rotherham, has become one of the first customers of Keolia – run by 16-year-olds Joshua Walker and Samuel Sheldrick, both from Broom Valley, Rotherham.

The pair formed the company after being inspired by a work experience placement undertaken by Joshua at Sheffield company Plusnet.

Both teenagers are at Rotherham College of Art and Technology, where Joshua is studying ICT and Samuel performing arts.

Joshua said: “From the age of eight, computing has always been one of my major interests and I have been determined to start my own online business. I went on work experience at Plusnet and loved every minute.”

Joshua came up with the idea of starting his own ISP and recruited Samuel to help.

Assisted by their parents, the pair registered the business as a limited company, before leasing computer servers from a US firm.

Now their first customers include MP Mr MacShane and Rotherham councillor Dominic Beck, whose websites the boys have redesigned.

Joshua said: “They loved the idea of two young people trying to make a future for themselves and both agreed to become clients – my business will now be hosting both of their official websites on its servers.

“They have also said they plan to promote and support the business around the local area.”

Joshua added: “Our experience shows what people my age can achieve through much dedication and determination.”