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Brother and sister Matthew and Cerys Pitma are building businesses

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

  • Young entrepreneurs Matthew and Cerys Pitman. Ref:TRJJ20140826E-004_C

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MOST teenagers have paper rounds; others do a Saturday stint in the corner shop – but not siblings Matthew and Cerys Pitman, from Philleigh.

Aged 15 and 14 respectively, the entrepreneurial pupils at Truro School are bidding to give Lord Sugar a run for his money.

Cerys was 12 when she set up her own company making and decorating cakes from the family's kitchen.

Now the founder of Pink Spotty Cake Company is delivering treats for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, in between going to school and doing her homework.

"I was making and decorating cupcakes when I was very young and then when I was 10 I made my own birthday cake," she said.

"I kept making cakes for my mum, family and friends and they liked them so I decided to set up the business. I really enjoy it."

Any money Cerys makes selling her cakes is spent on cooking utensils and paying for the electricity she uses.

An avid viewer of US reality show DC Cupcakes, which follows the founders of cupcake firm Georgetown Cupcakes, Cerys says she hopes to follow in their footsteps and open her own shop.

"I see a 'For Sale' sign in a window and think, 'That would make a nice cake shop'," she said.

Her brother said it was a stroke of luck that led him to launch Matt's Media earlier this year.

He has been filming for a year, after being approached while he was working on the lighting and sound for a show in St Mawgan by Geoff Mason Brown, from the company Blue Light Media, who needed another cameraman.

Matthew was then invited to help on a two-day shoot for Cornwall Dance School.

"It went on and on from there and I continued filming with him," he said.

Now the teenager is branching out on his own.

Matthew used Christmas money, cash from odd jobs and sold copies of films he produced for Cornwall Dance to raise the cash to pay for the camera he has bought.

A film he made about Philleigh Fair was screened on Sky 212 for the Cornwall Channel last week.

A few days ago, Matthew filmed a music video for singer-songwriter Emma Chamberlain, from Newquay, who sang at the Miss England finals in Torquay, alongside the Struts – the Rolling Stones' support act in Paris.

Matt says he would eventually like to pursue his career in film over in the US, "although I'm not sure if I want to go into films or freelance filming for charities and company information videos".

Their parents Teri and Andrew said: "We are so proud of them.

"We've not shown any inclination towards these sorts of things; they're their own interests and they have driven them forward."

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