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 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 telephone, 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 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 instructed 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 a fantastic enterprise thought “

The School, 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 individuals’s exhausting 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 undertaking supply sectors, has workplaces in London, New York and Miami.

“Considered one of my objectives after 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 educational so faculty provided me little or no and there are literally thousands 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 college 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. They’d religion in me and that was essential,” he added.

“That’s the type of intervention I need to make in different individuals’s lives – to point out them that they will obtain and provides them course to make it, offering they’re ready to work exhausting.”

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 typically lack the steerage or contacts to take action. I do know it will actually profit them to listen to instantly 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 tough to acquire for younger individuals with aspirations for self-employment or beginning their very own companies. We assist these people by means of workshops, programs and programmes, however Jamie will undoubtedly encourage younger individuals together with his personal success and provides a implausible alternative to use for a grant to assist them realise their goals.

“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 fantastic alternative, and we’re so eager to be working with the school as lots of entrepreneurs begin at college, 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, angle and assist”

Morley Vice Principal (Pupil Engagement) and Centre Principal (North Kensington Centre for Abilities) Craig Hanlon- Smith added:”Jamie goes to offer you an inspiring speak. This school 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 will take benefit of. It’s concerning the future and the way this native space strikes ahead, and what’s out there for individuals on this space.”

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