Young Gold Coasters yield 7 figures on bespoke business sale

by | Apr 26, 2024

An e-commerce expert and a tradesperson in their twenties have become the latest additions to Gold Coast’s renowned pool of young entrepreneurs with the sale of their business yielding seven figures.

Jeremy Hartley and James Mitchell have sold Gold Coast Shower Screens which was originally launched out of a space the size of a shipping container in Southport in 2017.

James and Jeremy joined forces to offer customized shower screens, wardrobe doors, mirrors, and splashbacks for the local community, combining James’ glazier experience with Jeremy’s entrepreneurial acumen.

“We launched Gold Coast Shower Screens because we saw a demand and we knew that by combining our skills, we could take this business beyond our network,” Jeremy said.

“We saw phenomenal growth early on, having to relocate to a larger facility based in Molendinar just three months in and by the end of our second year we had grown our team to 10 staff.”

“With James handling the manufacturing and installation of the products while I was in charge of the administration, sales and marketing operations, it really allowed us to both hit the ground running from the beginning and I believe this played a pivotal role in the success that followed,” Jeremy said.

Jeremy also credited the steady growth of the company to the implementation of automated systems.

“While we faced our fair share of challenges surrounding staff retention and industry competition, the implementation of streamlined systems that automated many tasks from early on played a key role in getting us to where we are now.”

“By implementing systems into the business that allowed a lot of tasks to be automated, staff could simply follow the system – cutting out room for mistakes,” Jeremy said.

Despite his young age, Jeremy was already experienced in business, having launched Hartley Watches and Teatox at 19 before starting Gold Coast Shower Screens at age 20.

“I have always had an interest in building my own brand from scratch and I began to dip my toes while I was completing my business degree at Griffith University,” Jeremy said.

“This quickly led me to owning two successful companies and I had no plan of slowing down.”

Gold Coast Shower Screens was acquired by a private buyer who plans to continue operating the business as it currently stands.

Following the sale, James intends to take a break while Jeremy is headed to Dubai to pursue new business opportunities.

“We are incredibly grateful for the journey this venture has taken us on and now we look forward to passing the baton onto new hands as we embark on our next adventures,” Jeremy said.