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 group in one among 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 college with 4 GCSEs and began his firm in a tiny workplace with one cellphone, desires to create platforms and pathways to make it simpler for kids 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 handle to college students on Tuesday.

He impressed dozens of scholars along with his story on the eve of the Grenfell anniversary and revealed they are going to be capable to apply to the fund to be mentored and likewise obtain monetary assist for his or her ventures from July 1.

He advised pupils:” Actually something is feasible. What stops anybody attaining something is just all the way down to ourselves and nothing else. I’m right here to provide that chance to a different younger entrepreneur that has an amazing 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 individuals’s laborious work and willpower. I’m at all times keen to provide each single particular person with younger expertise or somebody who desires 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.

“One in all my targets once 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 college supplied me little or no and there are literally thousands of youngsters 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 type of intervention I wish to make in different individuals’s lives – to indicate them that they will obtain and provides them path 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 by way of the Portobello Enterprise Centre web site.

Morley School Programme Space Supervisor for English Lucy Reese stated: “A lot of our learners dream of changing into entrepreneurs, however generally lack the steering or contacts to take action. I do know it could actually profit them to listen to straight 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 faculty 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 commonly very tough to acquire for younger individuals with aspirations for self-employment or beginning their very own companies. We assist these people by way of workshops, programs and programmes, however Jamie will undoubtedly encourage younger individuals along with his personal success and affords a unbelievable 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 an amazing alternative, and we’re so eager to be working with the school as a whole lot of entrepreneurs begin in school, and we’ve beforehand been working with adults. You’ll be able to 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, perspective and assist”

Morley Vice Principal (Scholar Engagement) and Centre Principal (North Kensington Centre for Expertise) Craig Hanlon- Smith added:”Jamie goes to provide you with an inspiring speak. 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 faculty may be very a lot a collaboration of what’s occurring in the world and all of the alternatives we will take benefit of. It’s concerning the future and the way this native space strikes ahead, and what’s obtainable for individuals on this space.”

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