Teenager cracks on and starts a business

An eggscellent idea: Michael Dungworth and produce
An eggscellent idea: Michael Dungworth and produce
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A teen entrepreneur came up with a cracking idea after deciding not to go to university.

The 19-year-old has a successful business selling rare chickens and their eggs.

Michael Dungworth had already built up a flock of 26 free-to-roam, rare breed chickens on an allotment near his Harthill home when he ditched plans to study at university and decided on an enterprise course at Sheffield College instead.

On the course he learnt how to turn his hobby into a viable business. Harthill Parish Poultry has now reared scores of unusual and old breed hens and cockerels and Michael sells their eggs online and at food festivals.

Michael has also collaborated with local food company PJ Taste to launch the Sheffield Egg, a take on the Scotch egg using ingredients entirely sourced in the city.

The canny teen was recently named best Level 3 student on his one-year course in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Sheffield City College.

The academy, sponsored by the business angel from BBC2’s Dragon’s Den, was the first of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber when it opened in 2010.

Says Michael: “A lot of people told me that I should go to university after finishing my three A Levels. But what I really wanted to do was become an entrepreneur and work in food.

“I am a chicken fanatic and I’m also passionate about local produce.”