Too Young To Retire
Too Young to Retire was a special edition of the Money Programme concentrating on those over 60s who were still active and felt that they did not want to retire just yet. It was presented by evergreen Valerie Singleton and examined several people who had decided to start up a business.
It is well known that those in their late 50s, 60s and 70s are the most wealthy generation. They have paid off their mortgages, have an amount of disposable income and tremendous drive and determination to succeed. The programme featured two sisters, one of whom had worked selling cosmetics and beauty products for the last 20 years or so. They set up a company called Rhodes to Heaven selling organic skin creams and lotions of a soothing nature. They had been selling their products at various fairs but were now ready to take the next step. The women met with Peter Jones from Dragon’s Den who gave them advice about marketing and packaging of their products and received a goodie bag of their expensive products.
The programme showed the sisters visiting Heels in London, who were impressed with their products. Other people were featured such as Jackie Lawson, who creates e-cards, and has learnt to use the animation programme Flash, to do this.
After working as an accountant and a restaurateur, one man decided to change career entirely by moving to France and planting trees that were infected with truffle spores. He ran a successful business selling black truffles – one tree could produce £3,000 worth of truffles! Too Young To Retire was an inspiring programme and pained a positive picture of setting up a business in later life.