TWO identical teenage twins who each run their own thriving companies are to go head-to-head as budding Alan Sugars.
Sixth form students Tom and Chris Dexter go to different schools and study different subjects. But they share the same entrepreneurial passion that spurred them to become business leaders at the age of 16.
Tom and a group of fellow students at Stantonbury Campus set up Scrap That, running their own mini factory after school to recycle old comic books and magazines into highly trendy notebooks and stationery products.
Meanwhile Chris and his team at Ousedale School formed Oused Again, making quirky bowls, clocks and key rings and other gifts from old vinyl records, computer parts and mobile phone sim cards.
Both companies advertise their products online and, with their bargain prices, business is booming. But Scrap That inched ahead this month when it was declared overall winner of the city’s Young Enterprise award. Hot on their heels however were Oused Again, who were runners-up
Both teams had to pitch their business Dragons’ Den style before a panel of judges and an audience of 200 people.
Now both companies will go to the county finals, where the twins will both be pitching firmly to win.
“It’s quite competitive between us,” said Tom, now 17. “Obviously we each want our own company to win.”
But the pair are still firm friends and even help each other out with business ideas at their Willen Park home, said Tom.
He is marketing director of Scrap That and plans a career in astrophysics. Chris wants to be a lawyer.
“But we’re both really interested in business and our dream is to one day open up a restaurant together,” said Tom.