Most of us want our kids to be ambitious, but is ruthless businessman Alan Sugar the right role model to follow? Connor Pickering certainly thinks so.
At the tender age of eight, he has already sacked two of his classmates – for not selling enough fairy cakes at the tuckshop he runs at his primary school.
The schoolboy has already been nicknamed Alan Sugar Junior after he complained that his two friends, who were helping him out at the tuckshop, were failing to meet projected targets.
Connor has said: 'They didn't sell enough cakes to cover the costs. They weren't pullling their weight, and I can't afford to have people like that working for me.
'The stall's doing a lot better now that I've sacked the people that weren't meeting the targets. We're all friends again though now.'
Connor's ruthless business plan has put four other pupils running rival snack shops out of business at Stockingford Junior School in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
But it's not personal greed that's driving Connor. All the profits from the cakes and biscuits he sells go to charity. Connor makes about £25 per week during term time and donates it to Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
As a result of his efforts, he was recently treated to a helicopter flight. He said afterwards: 'One day I'd like to be my own boss by running an ice cream van, then maybe a fleet of them. I wouldn't mind being a winchman or a helicopter pilot with the air ambulance either.'
Admirably entrepreneurial or a bit scary? Have your say.
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