AN enterprising teenager is hoping his under-16s club nights around the North East will go nationwide, but only after he’s finished his A-levels.
Leroy Allen has ambitious plans for FabrikEvents, his own company which runs under-16s club nights at weekends around the region.
The 16-year-old, from Willington, is currently a pupil at St John’s School in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, but hopes that his disco nights, which often draw as many as 300 teenagers a night, will soon be taking the country by storm.
Along with running the events, Allen is also the DJ, head of marketing and promotion, organiser and events manager.
He said: “No matter what I’ve done, even from an early age, I’ve pushed myself to success. I believe no matter what the objective, no matter how high it’s set and no matter how incapable you may feel of completing it, nothing is out of reach and with some perseverance and determination, any thing can be possible.
“Now, still at the age of 16 years old, I have had business meetings with managers and directors of companies, where I’ve presented my business proposal to them.
“I have a contract with the manager of the Nissan’s SSCC events arena in Washington, where I run one of my club nights once every month in one of the largest venues we have secured to date.
“I’ve also had bookings to do numerous birthday parties all the way through to boxing events. I’ve already had a meeting with the youth team at South Tyneside Council to see what I can do for the whole of South Tyneside.
“So at the age of 15 and only 14 months from purchasing decks that I thought would take years to learn how to use, I am already reaching things that are miles beyond my years, things I’d never thought I’d be able to achieve at this age. I already have gained business knowledge that can only come from physical experiences and I am already living my dream.
“The ultimate dream would be to take Fabrik national and take on staff to help, but obviously I’m still at school so I can’t do that yet.”
Allen is also using his business to help a schoolgirl fighting leukaemia. He increased admission fees at his events from £3 to £4 and the extra money generated will be donated to Tara Sowerby, 14, of Bishop Auckland, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in May, and is undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.