Schoolboy from Bristol launches online company aged just 13

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Brodie Taylor says he’s had great support from family and friends

An entrepreneurial schoolboy from Bristol has started his first business selling sports socks - and he is already expanding.

Brodie Taylor, whose mother Claire is project manager at the new Cross Hands in Bedminster Down, launched his website Socker Football Esstentials only this month.

The 13-year-old came up with the idea to sell grip socks after suffering from blisters on his feet through training twice a week. He researched designs, materials and supplies to find a comfortable pair - which led him to think about selling them.

He said: “My first job was to find a manufacture of a quality product, after many samples I found the right out. Next I had my logo designed and my mum helped me build a website.

“I launched my website last week and now have enough funds to purchase my next product to extend my offering which I’m really pleased about. Essentials mini shin pad will be available very soon.”

Brodie Taylor on his website Socker which sells grip socksBrodie Taylor on his website Socker which sells grip socks
Brodie Taylor on his website Socker which sells grip socks | Alex Ross

Asked what he hoped for the business, Brodie, a Bristol City supporter, said: “I would love for some professional football players to use by products, that would be a great achievement.”

Brodie’s website can be found seen by visiting clicking www.socker-essentials.com

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