Stenhousemuir’s Corey has an ‘i’ for business

Young computer entrepreneur Corey Sharp (10) with client Marjory McCorquodale
Young computer entrepreneur Corey Sharp (10) with client Marjory McCorquodale

Watch out Bill Gates ... Corey Sharp is after your job. Or at least he wants to be Scotland’s answer to the American computer billionaire.

Although he is only 10, the youngster has set up his own business, Corster’s Computers, to simplify modern technology for the ‘older’ generation.

It has only been running for a few months but already he has picked up a young entrepreneur award.

Corey said he has had aspirations to be his own boss since he was eight.

He said: “I knew I wanted to do it but wasn’t sure how to make it happen. However, last year I thought about it and decided I would be able to make money from my idea.”

Thanks to the ‘bank of mum and dad’, parents Aleida (30) and Paul (43), along with help from Live UnLtd which provides cash for young people with business ideas, Corey set up his company.

He offers one-to-one or group lessons explaining how to use Apps, Skype, Instagram and other mysteries of smartphones, tablets and laptops.

He added: “I looked at my competitors to see what to charge and I’m already making a profit. I’m gradually trying to work out what people need to know so I can increase the things I teach.

“I’ve got my own business cards and I’m hoping people will tell their friends.”

One of his first client’s was Marjory McCorquodale (48) who admits computers were an unknown quantity to her but she wanted to learn more about Facebook and Twitter.

Marjory, of Stenhousemuir, said: “It’s taken me a bit of time but he is a good teacher and I’m getting there.”

Corey, who is in primary five at Stenhousemuir Primary School, said he had also received encouragement from head teacher Linda-Anne Reid.

Looking ahead, he said: “I want to get more customers and hopefully eventually franchise my business in the future.”

Last month, the youngster received a special accolade for entrepreneurship at the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Although he didn’t win the categories he entered, the judges were so impressed they decided he deserved recognition.

The award was handed over by Brigadier Paul Harkness, Commander of the Army’s 51 (Scottish) Brigade, who also gave him the Brigadier’s medal for excellence.