Entrepreneurial St Ives six-year-old starts dog biscuit business

Anya Solomon-James (6) with her dog Henry, and the dog biscuits they have made, at home, in St Ives.

Anya Solomon-James (6) with her dog Henry, and the dog biscuits they have made, at home, in St Ives. - Credit: Archant

In these tough economic times, some people look to start their own ­business to make ends meet ... but they usually are older then six.

However, Anya Solomon-James is proving that age is no barrier to ­business or the entrepreneurial spirit.

Anya, of Goodman Close, St Ives, was looking for a way to boost her pocket money and decided to start her own business – Doggie Delights – baking dog biscuits.

The young pet food chef, a pupil at Thorndown Primary School, finished making her first batch on Saturday before delivering the treats to all her customers around St Ives.

Anya told The Hunts Post: “I’m going to try to make enough money to do things that I like to do, like trampolining.”

Her mum Rebecca James said: “She’s a hard boss. She’s already told me off for not getting enough ‘likes’ on Facebook. She had the idea for a few weeks and we started the Facebook page last week.

“She’s already received £30 of orders and the way it works is she has up to an hour of baking on the Saturday and an hour delivering on the Sunday.”

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Doggie Delights has already received interest from as far as Greece and Canada since the Facebook page went up 10 days ago.

Mrs James, 30, said she did not think Anya would be able to deliver that far, but said that it could become a worldwide business.

Anya, who has a sister, Emme, two, and a brother, Charlie, one, looks after all aspects of the business, including money ­management and is helped by her parents only with the oven and delivery.

Last week’s batch of peanut butter and banana dog cookies were snapped up quickly, costing £2 for five, although biscuit flavours and prices change weekly.

Mrs James, who has started her own cake baking enterprise, added that they can accommodate for allergies and even personalise cookies by adding special messages.

INFORMATION: For more details, visit www.facebook.com/anyasdoggiedelights6.