Young Entrepreneurs: James Harford-Tyrer, SellSprint

From a teenage eBay business to his current ‘on-demand selling service’, meet the serial business owner aged 24 with an eye for lucrative opportunities

Name: James Harford-Tyrer
Company: 
SellSprint (previously ClutterCo)
Age: 24
Website: www.SellSprint.com

Like every good entrepreneur, James Harford-Tyrer recognises when there’s money to be made. What’s so impressive, though, is that he’s only 24 and already a serial business owner…

At 16 he created a clean-tech business, winning a competition run by EcoAgency, who are a pioneer of eco-marketing and have worked with multi-national corporations such as Facebook, Mercedes-Benz and Pizza Express.

Later, while studying at Durham University, he created an e-commerce business and investment fund, and helped to set-up large bar and nightclub venues in Manchester during his holidays. And all of this was before he was accepted on to the New Entrepreneurs Foundation; one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurial programmes.

Following a stint working at a funded tech start-up as chief operating officer, Harford-Tyrer once again couldn’t resist the entrepreneurial pull and found himself returning to a business venture from his teens.

Told by his parents as a teenager that he was going to have to fund his social life himself, the young entrepreneur noticed how much potential cash could be made out of items lying idle in his home. With a very profitable eBay account to his name throughout this teens selling his stuff and other peoples, Harford-Tyrer remained convinced there was demand for a larger-scale solution. And it was from this lightbulb moment, that SellSprint was born.

Billed as the ‘UK’s first on-demand selling service’, SellSprint aims to provide “the fastest, most hassle-free way for busy people to cash-in on their unwanted items”. Unlike conventional online sellers, SellSprint offers both ‘instant cash’ or ‘selling on consignment’ options and a one hour collection window.

Having only launched in February this year, the business is off to an impressive start. Following acceptance onto the prestigious The Accelerator Academy, Harford-Tyrer has assembled a stellar board, secured mentorship from Anthony Preston CBE, founder of Pets at Home, and is currently raising a seed round.

With a great work ethic and the ability to see opportunity in everything, we’re sold on the idea that we’ll be hearing lots more from Harford-Tyrer in the coming years…

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