Fund launched to support new entrepreneurs in Grenfell community

An award-winning businessman, written off by lecturers as a no-hoper, has launched a fund to  encourage and assist  youngsters amongst the Grenfell neighborhood in one in every of London’s most disadvantaged and beloved areas.

Jamie Fraser, who has constructed up a £75 million worth recruitment firm, is ploughing  £100,000 ‘into his Entrepreneur Fund’ to provide kids from disadvantaged communities an opportunity at making a profitable enterprise.

The 28-year-old, who left faculty with 4 GCSEs and began his firm in a tiny workplace with one cellphone, needs to create platforms and pathways to make it simpler for children to forge careers.

Tutors at Morley School London, which has a pupil base together with many who’ve struggled with mainstream schooling and was revitalised from grants given after Grenfell,  invited the CEO to ship an tackle to college students on Tuesday.

He impressed dozens of scholars together with his story on the eve of the Grenfell anniversary and revealed they’ll be capable of apply to the fund to be mentored and in addition obtain monetary assist for his or her ventures from July 1.

He informed pupils:” Actually something is feasible. What stops anybody attaining something is just right down to ourselves and nothing else. I’m right here to provide that chance to a different younger entrepreneur that has a terrific enterprise concept “

The School, in North Kensington, London, is near Grenfell Tower, which was devastated by fireplace in 2017. It has joined forces with the close by Portobello Enterprise Centre to assist households rebuild their lives.

“I’m a giant believer in folks’s laborious work and dedication. I’m at all times keen to provide each single particular person with younger expertise or somebody who needs to be an entrepreneur an opportunity to make one thing out of their life,” stated Jamie, whose InterEx firm, a staffing company specialising in tech, cloud, cyber safety, and mission supply sectors, has workplaces in London, New York and Miami.

“Certainly one of my objectives after I launched InterEx, was to educate, mentor & practice future entrepreneurs and that’s one thing I’m dedicated to doing in my profession. I wasn’t educational so faculty supplied me little or no and there are millions of kids like me who simply fall by the wayside as a result of they don’t slot in and that may be a tragic waste.”

Jamie, from Essex, had a rocky childhood and faculty years however was given an opportunity by a recruitment agency boss who gave him a job regardless of his lack of {qualifications} and expertise. “Somebody recognised one thing in me and took an opportunity on me. That they had religion in me and that was essential,” he added.

“That’s the form of intervention I need to make in different folks’s lives – to point out them that they’ll obtain and provides them route to make it, offering they’re ready to work laborious.”

He has put up £100,000 for his Entrepreneur Fund and can interview candidates for the Fund, which is able to launch subsequent month through the Portobello Enterprise Centre web site.

Morley School Programme Space Supervisor for English Lucy Reese stated: “Lots of our learners dream of changing into entrepreneurs, however generally lack the steering or contacts to take action. I do know it might actually profit them to listen to immediately from Jamie what he thinks was the key to his success.”

Portobello Enterprise Centre (PBC) CEO Simon Shimmens stated: “We’re completely delighted to be working with Morley school and Jamie, and this very beneficiant kick off fund of 100,000 to assist younger entrepreneurs.

“As we all know at PBC, start-up funding is usually very troublesome to acquire for younger folks with aspirations for self-employment or beginning their very own companies. We assist these people via workshops, programs and programmes, however Jamie will undoubtedly encourage younger folks together with his personal success and provides a improbable alternative to use for a grant to assist them realise their desires.

“We’re thrilled to accomplice with each Morley and Jamie to assist thriving future entrepreneurs with their very personal enterprise ventures

“It’s such a terrific alternative, and we’re so eager to be working with the faculty as a variety of entrepreneurs begin at college, and we have now beforehand been working with adults. You possibly can inform from Jamie’s ardour and enthusiasm that whoever advantages from his fund goes to get a lot extra than simply the grant however obtain unimaginable assist in life. It’s all about mindset, angle and assist”

Morley Vice Principal (Pupil Engagement) and Centre Principal (North Kensington Centre for Expertise) Craig Hanlon- Smith added:”Jamie goes to offer you an inspiring discuss. This faculty is all about what occurs subsequent, and what different alternatives are on the market in the world.

“What we’re doing on the school may be very a lot a collaboration of what’s taking place in the world and all of the alternatives we are able to take benefit of. It’s concerning the future and the way this native space strikes ahead, and what’s obtainable for folks on this space.”

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