A young entrepreneur says he hopes his success in setting up his own business will inspire others.
Lee John, now 27, of Penwortham, near Preston, studied business studies at college but dropped out at A level.
They saw my determination and that I had found something that I truly believed in and at which I knew I could excel.Lee John
Then he went on to study travel and tourism at university.
After some trial and error with business dealings, he eventually set up the successful travel comparison website www.traveleze.co.uk.
Now he employs 10 people and the business is going from strength to strength.
Lee said : “I am lucky enough to have parents who believed in me enough to invest £100,000 in me and my new start-up.
“First I had to show them my scheme and business plan and pitch my ideas to them persuasively.
“They saw my determination and that I had found something that I truly believed in and at which I knew I could excel.
“Fortunately, they also saw that I has lighted upon a business scheme that could work well.”
Lee said “Most of the business for the travel business comes from social media – through Facebook and Twitter. Google adwords works well and Google Display Ads has driven or brand forward as a business.
“But without social media and the co-operation of a world-wide community, we would not be able to do as well as we are.
“Social media can be the engine that drives a business forward.”
Lee said he hoped his success would inspired others to pursue a business idea they feel passionately about.
Lee concluded: “I am excited and now see a future in which the business continues to grow and I am sure that others will learn from my experiences realise that the path to success rarely does run smooth.”