Band is full of teen spirit

PUBLISHED: 14:54 22 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:59 31 May 2010

Greg Walton, pictured top centre, with the band he manages

Greg Walton, pictured top centre, with the band he manages

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Greg Walton looks set to become the youngest of the national Federation of Small Businesses 200,000 members. The budding businessman, who is a student at the Saffron Walden County High School, applied to join the organisation in his role

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Greg Walton looks set to become the youngest of the national Federation of Small Businesses' 200,000 members.

The budding businessman, who is a student at the Saffron Walden County High School, applied to join the organisation in his role as the manager of a band formed by pupils at the school.

Greg said: "I've set up a limited company, Whitehawk Artist Management Limited.

"I founded the company at the beginning of October, with the help of solicitors based in London."

The main band that Greg manages is called Naked Squid, a nine-piece ska outfit made up of County High School students.

He feels that joining the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will mean he is taken more seriously by venues and studios when he arranges gigs and sessions, and that he will be able to network using the considerable number of contacts that membership will bring.

He said: "I decided to join the federation after doing some research. It seems like a really good initiative and I was simply blown away by what they offer.

"Free business banking, multiple contacts - priceless for bands - and legal protection."

Greg's membership fee has been supplied by his sponsor, Barclays Bank, and he is set to become a full FSB member by the end of the month.

He has been helped through the joining process by FSB member and Newport businessman Tony Pullen, who is the membership co-ordinator for the area.

Mr Pullen said: "I'm astonished that Greg is just 15 - he's acting as responsibly and maturely as someone twice his age.

"His decision to join the FSB shows a positive and responsible attitude, and should help him secure contracts and get in touch with more studios and venues."

Despite Greg's business aspirations, he is still studying for his GCSEs, and hopes to remain at the County High School to begin his A-levels next year.

He said: "Once I've got my A-levels out of the way I'd like to travel before going to the University of London to study Arabic.

"As far as a career is concerned, I'll continue to manage Naked Squid as long as they want me to and they are successful and dedicated enough.

"I'm also considering getting into journalism, but I like to think I'm keeping my options open.

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