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Henry Patterson (b. 2004)

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BornJanuary 15, 2004
Northamptonshire, England
Known forYoung&Mighty

Henry Patterson (born 15 January 2004) is a British serial entrepreneur who founded children's brand, Not Before Tea and Young&Mighty.

At 14, he was titled one of the UK's most inspirational young entrepreneurs.[1]

Early life[edit]

Henry Patterson was born in Northamptonshire, England, to Julian Patterson (Director, Primary Care Commissioning) and Rebecca Gunn (Founder of Zellie). Henry is an only child, raised in Bedfordshire, England.[2]


Previous businesses[edit]

Patterson's first venture occurred when he was 5 years old selling horse manure outside of his home[3][4]

A few years later he began selling trading cards in the school playground.[5]

Not Before Tea[edit]

In 2013 Henry launched 'Not Before Tea'[6] after his parents and grandparents told him stories about how they used to go to their local toy stores[7][8][9][10] and the experience they'd have. This inspired him to launch a children's gift brand selling products based around a story book he wrote for pre-schoolers 'The Adventures of Sherb and Pip'.[11] By 2015 'Not Before Tea' was stocked in over 60 stores in the UK[12] Not Before Tea's product range rapidly expanded over the next few years and is now stocked in stores globally.


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Patterson speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017

Patterson founded Young&Mighty In 2017, a creative space for young entrepreneurs to get 'tips from the top' via their website. He wrote his book Young and Mighty[5] for young people wanting to become entrepreneurs themelves. It launched on May 15 2018 and featured interviews with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Cameron Mackintosh, Sarah Willingham, the cast of hit-musical Hamilton, Theo Paphitis and Ariana DeBose [13][14]

Speaking engagements[edit]

Henry has been involved in and spoken at multiple speaking engagements, summits and conferences. Starting off mainly in the UK, he has now spoken in major cities such as London, Berlin, Milan, Bangkok, New York, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi.[15]

Entertainment and media[edit]

As well as running his businesses, Patterson has featured in numerous stage productions. [16] Including 'West Side Story' at the Derngate Theatre as 'Baby John' and NMTC's Les Miserablés: School Edition.

Henry has also made multiple television and radio appearances in the likes of 'The One Show', 'BBC Radio 4', 'BBC Radio One' and 'ITV'


  1. "5 top inspirational young UK entrepreneurs". The Great British Entrepreneur Awards. 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  2. Finley, Sarah (2016-08-15). "The 12-year-old entrepreneur with big plans". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  3. Joshi, Liat Hughes (2018-08-09). "Meet the 'teenpreneurs' making serious amounts of pocket money". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  4. Smith, Louie (2015-11-08). "Entrepreneur aged 11 earns £1,000 a WEEK selling sweets - he even owns a shop". mirror. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Patterson, Henry (2018). Young and Mighty. United Kingdom: Harriman House. ISBN 9780857196576.
  6. "Our story". Not Before Tea. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  7. "Britain's Youngest Entrepreneur Henry Patterson On How He Became A Sweets Tycoon". The Great British Entrepreneur Awards. 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  8. "Meet Britain's Youngest Entrepreneur (He's 9)". HuffPost. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  9. Burman, Jake (2015-11-09). "Lad, 11, makes whopping £1,000-a-week after opening his own shop". Daily Star. United Kingdom. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  10. "Entrepreneur, 9, on third business". BBC News. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  11. Patterson, Henry (February 2016). Pip gets a job. Down, Becky. [Lidlington]. ISBN 9780992919306. OCLC 1062129559.
  12. "Meet the 13-year-old founder of Not Before Tea, Henry Patterson". Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  13. Matters, Business (2018-05-15). "Schoolboy's book sets out to teach children how to be young & mighty". Business Matters. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  14. "Young & Mighty Book Launch". Opal & Co. 2018-05-31. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  15. "Young and Mighty Official".
  16. "About Henry | Young & Mighty". www.youngmighty.com. Retrieved 2019-02-26.

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