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Local Croydon entrepreneurs offered opportunity to bid for business funding and mentoring

Kerry Hector


Residential Property Group, A2Dominion, is launching its next round of recruitment for its Dragons’ Den style enterprise programme, as part of its Be Inspired initiative aimed at helping young people towards a successful future.

The latest enterprise programme offers A2Dominion tenants and residents 18 years and over, interested in setting up their own business, the opportunity to get advice and support from business professionals.

Working with GGT Solutions, a consultancy and careers guidance business based in Streatham, and financial advisors from Natwest, the residential property group will offer a series of workshops over six months covering all elements of a business including writing a business plan, branding, marketing and how to pitch for funding.

The programme will culminate with a Dragons’ Den style event where successful shortlisted applicants can bid for up to £5k to help set up their business, and receive a year’s worth of mentoring.

Last year’s programme saw £15,000, awarded to five talented entrepreneurs, including Kerry Hector, from Croydon, who was awarded £4,950 to deliver the MovieMobil, a mobile cinema aimed at inspiring young children from disadvantaged communities.

Kerry’s business, MovieMobil, went on to enjoy even greater success, after she later secured a £25,000 loan from Virgin.

Commenting on the programme Kerry Hector said:

“Attending the workshops was an incredible experience for me and a real opportunity to learn a lot about myself alongside developing my entrepreneurial skills and learning how to write a robust business plan.

“To receive the Be Inspired funding and mentoring support was massively important to me, having put myself out there it was the first time I had confirmation of how much others believed in my business – it was clear to me how invested the dragon’s and the Be Inspired team were in both me and my idea.

“Following my success on the programme I secured a start-up loan and gained further investment. I now have the funds I need to give my business the green light and I am now a business owner, which feels great!”

Become a candidate

For details on how to become a candidate in the Dragons’ Den style programme please contact Bassam Mahfouz, Employment and Enterprise Manager at A2Dominion on 0208 825 1101 or email bassam.mahfouz@a2dominion.co.uk.

Be Inspired programme

Find out more about A2Dominion’s Be Inspired programme here: http://www.a2dominion.co.uk/beinspired.


Press office contact

Bradley Ryan

Communications Officer

A2Dominion Group

Tel: 0208 825 1230

Notes to Editors

A2Dominion is a residential property group with 36,000 homes across London and the south east, and thousands more in the development pipeline.

The Group provides affordable, private and social rented homes, student, key worker and temporary accommodation, as well as supported and sheltered housing.

It also offers high-quality sustainable homes for sale and shared ownership, available through its FABRICA by A2Dominion brand.

The Group has a unique approach to housebuilding, generating profits for a social purpose instead of for shareholders, with millions of pounds reinvested each year into building much-needed affordable homes and supporting local communities.

A2Dominion is part of the g15, a group of the largest housing providers in London.

Visit www.a2dominion.co.uk.

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