Underprivileged entrepreneur ready to take over a store

A group of 25 young underprivileged entrepreneurs, including a West African fashion designer whom her kidnappers brought to Britain as a child, are set to take over a store in London’s Oxford Street this month.

The group is all studying how to start and grow a business Next Generation program, a joint initiative between the Small Business Support Forum enterprise nation and youth entrepreneurship charity launch itFunded in part by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

They will combine digital technology with fashion innovation in pop-ups managed by flexible retail chains Well then At his store at 58 Oxford Street. This will be the final chapter of their three-month study, which will help them explore bricks and mortar retail as part of their future sales strategy.

Emma Jones, CBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “The way these young people approach their studies is breathing. Some of them are ahead of others, some are sinking into small pots of savings Others are working on day jobs and putting all their profits back into the business.

“For these young people, starting a business can make the most difference. It can open their eyes to the possibility and enable them to make the most of their career by launching their ambition. I hope that Oxford Street But the experience will help them see the potential role physical retail can play in their future brand building.

Pat Shelley, CEO of LaunchIt, said: “This is a great opportunity for these young entrepreneurs to showcase their business on Oxford Street, one of the most prestigious retail areas in the world. We hope the experience will give these remarkable young people, from diverse backgrounds, the confidence to succeed and show the public what great things they can achieve with the right support and exposure. ,

22-year-old Yella Alexandre Monteiro was brought to Britain at the age of two, but returned to Guinea in West Africa five years later to lead a turbulent life with her real mother and seven siblings. At the age of 18 he was given the opportunity of an extraordinary life – to return to Britain and find his own destiny.

The Greenwich-based designer has founded Salleur, a clothing brand that seeks to remind youth that, like in her case, change is possible and change can happen in real life. His printed tracksuits, shorts and t-shirts will all be available in store starting June 20.

Yela said: “The program inspired me to build my business. I already had an idea, a concept, but it was in a very early stage.

“Joining the Next Generation program has helped me take my business to the next level. Saileur represents a transforming snake and that image is a big part of my life. It is a key element of my journey and is based on storytelling and my path to success. ,

Aminat Akande, also 23, is an economics graduate who studied at the University of Kent before taking a place to study for an MSc in Fashion Analytics and Forecasting at the London College of Fashion. And she is also working and running her own business at the same time. She will be in shop on June 23 and 24 with a colorful unisex range of Nigerian-inspired fashion pieces.

The Kande collection is a range that includes casual kaftan tops, glitter silk crop tops and custom print skirts made by artisan seamstresses in Nigeria for men.

Aminat said: “Working through the Next Generation course has been very helpful. Understanding more about the cash flow and financial side has been really helpful, but for me the main thing is to boost my confidence. The journey of personal growth It’s been huge.”

She eventually plans to work with stockists like Selfridges and Wolf & Badger, while also using pop-ups to build a community and raise awareness of her brand.

After fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s, the family of lawyer and food producer Caitlin La moved to the Abbey Wood area of ​​southeast London. They brought with them traditional Vietnamese cookery and a delicious local delicacy recipe – Nc Chm and SA T – a chili oil that is very hard to get hold of in the UK. Working as a legal consultant after a master’s degree in law, Caitlin decided to set up her own company to manufacture and sell oils and a delicious dipping sauce in honor of her family’s move to the UK, and the company was floated by boat. Said Peeple Sauce.

Caitlin, 24, said: “My family was called the ‘boatmen’ then, they were refugees from Vietnam.

“The business idea came from family meals. Everyone loves to cook my grandparents’ food and we all agreed that we wish we could eat it in some restaurant. It was a lightbulb moment. I wanted the brand to reflect the iconic story of my grandparents. ,

The Next Generation course helped Caitlin ‘fill in the gap’ in her business knowledge. She said: “It was really helpful to understand more about SEO for example, and to know that you are on the right track.” Boat People Sauce will be available in store from June 20 to 23.

John Hoyle, CEO of The Souk, said: “We are delighted to welcome these inspiring young business owners to The Souk. Here at The Souk, we are providing the next generation of entrepreneurs with affordable, flexible access to the High Street in prime locations such as Oxford Street. We are dedicated to supporting them by doing so. We look forward to seeing how they transform the space every day.”

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