A EGG-STRA special young man who runs his own poultry firm has scooped our Outstanding Young Person of the Month award for December.
Battle Abbey student Sean Langdon-Down is one of the youngest business owners in the country at the tender age of just 14.
Sean’s Pleasant Poultry Farm has made a name for itself across the region selling ducks, chickens and eggs.
The enterprise began in 2011 when Sean bought a few fertilised eggs and an incubator. He now owns 100 birds which he keeps at home on his parents’ small farm in Cranbrook.
The daily activities of feeding and watering are carried out after school with clean-outs at weekends.
Sean sells all manner of chickens and ducks from backyard hens to show birds and is often approached to breed specific types.
Egg sales remain the bedrock of his day-to-day business, selling to farm shops, bed and breakfasts and local customers.
Sean was nominated for the award by James Dennett, from Battle Abbey School, who said: “We’re so impressed with Sean and I’m delighted that he’s been recognised for his achievements through this award. There’s much to consider when running a successful business, let alone doing this while in full-time education. His business has been brought on mainly through word of mouth, although he is also a familiar face at poultry auctions and country fairs.”
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month award is sponsored by Spectrum Financial Services and the Observer Series.
Sean will receive a complimentary meal for two and £100 for his school.
Jeremy Over, senior financial advisor at Spectrum, said: “Sean’s doing an incredible job and should be commended for successfully combining school studies with his own business. With his already admirable business skills at such a young age, I’m sure he’ll go far in the future.” To nominate someone for the award email firstname.lastname@example.org with the reasons why.