14-year-old becomes youngest supplier at Shannon Duty Free

Evan Quaid and Head of Commercial at Shannon Airport Darren Smyth.

A young student has been rewarded for his remarkable entrepreneurship by having his product placed in the world’s first duty-free store, Shannon Duty Free.

Evan Quaid a 14-year-old student from Castlemahon, Co Limerick, has become the youngest ever producer of an item to be stocked at the famous store – the birthplace of duty free globally – after his Quaid Candles were put on sale there.

The young entrepreneur, who won the junior category of the National Student Enterprise Programme after developing the product in November 2017, messaged the Shannon Airport Instagram account late last year asking for the candles to be stocked in the store.

After meeting him and his mother Triona, the Duty Free team didn’t think twice.

Darren Smyth, Head of Commercial at Shannon, said that the airport was struck by his enthusiasm, entrepreneurship and the quality of the product. “Evan is a remarkable young man and it’s already clear that he has a very bright future in business ahead of him.

"We were impressed by his enterprise in the first instance and then wowed by his enthusiasm and determination when we met him.

“He got the idea for the candle-making business from his favourite YouTube vlogger, bought a candle making kit and it started from there. That’s the type of ‘can-do’ spirit that has epitomised Shannon over the years.

“We want him to be the first but not the last young entrepreneur to have their goods featured here and we would ask any others out there that are producing non-perishable items to see this as an opportunity for themselves.”

Evan said he had contacted a number of stores about stocking the candles but Shannon Duty Free came back very quickly, said they liked the idea and asked if they could meet.

"I’ve read up about the history of Shannon Duty Free, that it was the first airport duty free shop in the world," he said.

"With over 1.7m passengers going through the airport each year, it’s a fantastic opportunity to have the candles stocked.

“The staff at Shannon have been really supportive and this is a really big moment for me. Aside from being a great place to have my candles on sale, this is great promotion for the candles also.”

Shannon Duty Fee is asking that any young entrepreneurs between the ages of 13 and 18 years who would like to have a product considered for inclusion in the world famous Shannon Duty Free shop to email youngentrepreneur@shannonairport.ie for an application form.

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