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 considered one 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 offer 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 Faculty London, which has a scholar base together with many who’ve struggled with mainstream schooling and was revitalised from grants given after Grenfell,  invited the CEO to ship an deal with 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 have the ability to apply to the fund to be mentored and likewise obtain monetary assist for his or her ventures from July 1.

He instructed pupils:” Actually something is feasible. What stops anybody attaining something is simply right down to ourselves and nothing else. I’m right here to offer that chance to a different younger entrepreneur that has an amazing enterprise thought “

The Faculty, in North Kensington, London, is near Grenfell Tower, which was devastated by hearth 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 all the time prepared to offer 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 venture supply sectors, has workplaces in London, New York and Miami.

“Considered one of my objectives once I launched InterEx, was to teach, mentor & prepare future entrepreneurs and that’s one thing I’m dedicated to doing in my profession. I wasn’t tutorial so college provided 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 could 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 wish to make in different folks’s lives – to point out them that they’ll obtain and provides them course 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 can launch subsequent month through the Portobello Enterprise Centre web site.

Morley Faculty Programme Space Supervisor for English Lucy Reese stated: “A lot of our learners dream of turning into entrepreneurs, however generally lack the steerage or contacts to take action. I do know it might 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 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 commonly very troublesome to acquire for younger folks 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 folks together with his personal success and gives a unbelievable alternative to use for a grant to assist them realise their desires.

“We’re thrilled to companion 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 faculty as a whole lot of entrepreneurs begin in school, and we’ve got 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 (Pupil Engagement) and Centre Principal (North Kensington Centre for Expertise) Craig Hanlon- Smith added:”Jamie goes to offer you 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 school 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 folks on this space.”

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