A third year Business and Management student who started his own business in primary school will present a seminar at the country’s leading retail trade show next month.

Greg Anderton, a student at Edge Hill University who lives in Lytham, Lancashire, runs his own business called Leafy Lytham. As well as being a full-time student at Edge Hill in Ormskirk, his business provides a garden design and landscaping service, a bespoke display service which makes window boxes, hanging baskets and planters. He has also opened a seasonal garden shop.

The 20-year-old was approached by the organisers of trade show Spring Fair after attending another one of their events, and after meeting the from i2i Events Group in September he agreed to host a half hour seminar about how he started his business and the lessons learned through doing it.

He will present to the audience at the NEC in Birmingham about setting up a retail and garden services business, starting a new website, maintaining social media and his future plans for business growth. Despite never speaking at such a large and well-known event, Greg jumped at the opportunity.

“I’m hosting a seminar which involves talking about how I started my business and the lessons that I learned through doing it,” said Greg.  “I’ll also be talking about E-commerce strategy, which is so pivotal to business success. Studying strategy and decision making as part of my degree at Edge Hill has really helped me develop strong arguments to present in this area.

“I’ll be sharing my three top tips for success and the three things I think you really should not do in business and I then close with my plans for the future, which I hope will inspire those who are listening to me.”

Last year Greg was awarded the University’s Student Enterprise Award thanks to his open minded approach and looking at business matters from a different perspective, providing a formula for success.

He added: “I am very keen to inspire others to work hard in business, especially those who want to do things differently and with passion, enthusiasm and a good splash of verve.

“I’m also a great believer in the value of harnessing opportunities which encourage networking, getting to know people is key to employability and successful self-employment.

“I think there are a lot of potential opportunities which could come out of this and I would encourage more students to do this kind of thing.

“Edge Hill University has been pivotal in preparing me for such an opportunity. Because of the quality teaching, good course design and extra opportunities which have arisen I feel I can tackle what could be quite a nerve-racking event with confidence. I have a lot to thank this university for.”

Greg will host his seminar on Thursday 11 February at 1.30pm in the e-commerce theatre in Hall 6 at the NEC in Birmingham.