Spice Thyme was launched in 2007 by a 12 year old boy called Tom Sweet.
Tom says... ‘I am at school in Ceredigion, Wales and during a chat about careers felt a bit despondent that due to being dyslexic I may not go as far as I want or get to university. Despite my parents reassuring me that I will do well I decided to set up my own company and as I like cooking this seemed the perfect venture’
So what has happened since the launch of Spice Thyme……
Tom has not only appeared on BBC Wales News and on various radio programmes, he was also given a Blue Peter Badge in December 2008 for his entrepreneurial skills and being asked to give talks to children showing that Dyslexia need not be a barrier in life. Tom says 'if by me setting up this business I can inspire other kids who have learning difficulties to get up and do something then I will be really happy, it's not easy not being able to read and write that well, but it doesn't mean you are stupid, we are all good a something, it's just finding what that something is and using it well'
Additionally he is now supplying shops and decided to study Business Studies, IT and of course cooking at school for his GCSE’s which will help him with his food business, but also Media Studies to pursue his interest in becoming a tv producer / presenter.
Tom at the Barclays Trading Places Awards in London having been invited to attend as his parents won in 2008, he says 'It was a fantastic experience, I met people like Aldo Zilli someone I really admire and Charlie Boreman who is also dyslexic, chatting to him and many others really made me feel quite confident, although not so much when I got on stage..... that was scary stuff'
(Pictured: Tom's sister and brother Lottie and James and centre a dragon from Dragon's Den Theo Paphitis)
Pictured here Tom meeting HRH Prince Charles following his letter from him.
Letter dated: 17th August 2010 from: the Prince of Wales
'I was most interested to read about the wonderful acheivements of your children and full of admiration at their determination to be enterprising and successful in what they set out to do'