His disability means he can’t use a mouse - but that hasn’t stopped him
5th June 2018
A Grimsby businessman is celebrating his sixth successful year in business - despite the fact doctors didn't know if he'd be able to walk or talk when he was born.
Deprived of oxygen at birth, Andy Green was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was born. His doctors feared the worst, but no one told Andy about these limits.
"I never realised I wasn't supposed to be able to walk or talk, so I just did it anyway," he said.
"There I some things I still struggle with in everyday life, like doing buttons or drinking from a glass without a straw, but usually I just give everything a go and see what happens."
Running a successful business has never been one of the things Andy's had trouble with.
He started Lyke Ltd in Year 11 to feed his interest in technology and publish the software he created.
"I've always been interested in how things work, so I started playing about with computers and coding from a young age," he said.
"I knew there were certain careers I couldn't do because I couldn't write, but computers seemed like one where I could overcome it."
Technology has made it easier than ever for Andy to excel in his areas. Although he can't use a mouse, today's common features like touch screens and touch pads make computers accessible for him.
However it was only after he left college that the business' potential became apparent. He landed the David Ross Education Trust as his first client, and has worked with ten of their academies to develop their websites.
In 2016, he was rewarded with the North Lincolnshire Business Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the age of just 19. It immediately inspired him to start thinking bigger.
"My first proper year in business was a bit crazy, but it provided me with lots of motivation to continue growing. If I can achieve all this in my first year, what else can I do?"
Since then, Andy has specialised in bespoke websites which are tailored to their clients. His one-man business continues to build its client base - but he says he's had to overcome a lot of doubts.
"When I've been talking to people by email and we meet in person, they're often a bit surprised - both by my age and my disability," he said.
"You can sense the shock. I just laugh about it though.
"I think I always manage to win people over, because all of my business comes from word of mouth.
"There's only been one time someone's tried to use my age against me, implying the fact I was the Young Entrepreneur of the Year meant I wasn't experienced enough. It just made me be more innovative."
Andy's also made waves in the political arena, leading a campaign to stop legal aid for medical negligence being scrapped.
His family won a seven figure sum due to mistakes which led to Andy being born with cerebral palsy. Andy delivered a letter on the subject to David Cameron at Downing Street and the campaign was effective - legal aid for cases like his was saved.
Andy wants other disabled people to see that succeeding in business isn't impossible, and he doesn't want others to be put off by the challenges of it.
"The most important thing is to do whatever makes you happy," he said.
"If you want to do something, go for it. Nothing is impossible - you just have to go and make your own opportunities."
News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com