Former graduate who set up a business
MORE could be done to promote the benefits of staying in Bucks, according to an entrepreneur.
Umar, 22, was made redundant from his first job after graduating from university in August last year.
Two months later he started up his own business offering GCSE tuition, called Ahead Tuition, which operates from the White Hill Centre in White Hill, Chesham.
He now runs four fully booked workshops a week and holiday camps, employing three tutors as well as continuing to tutor himself.
He said: “When you are at university you are told London is the place to go that there are more opportunities. There are more chances of getting a job, and around Bucks there aren’t as many options for jobs.”
By 2021, Buckinghamshire is projected to have the lowest proportion of people in their 20s at 9.6 per cent of the total, of any business area, despite having the third highest proportion of people aged 10-19.
Despite this Umar set his business up in Buckinghamshire, citing the good market, wealth of the area and networking as reasons.
He said: “I looked at the market here to see what the competition was, so that played a role, but the best thing about Bucks is the fact you can build relationships which is what business is all about.
“My business is all about the relationships you build. In London it is a novelty, there is so much to do, you don’t really have relationships with people, so it would be harder.”
He added: “More needs to be done to promote the fact Bucks is a great place for entrepreneurs. We need to show them that university isn’t the only option, they can set up a business, or work. If we do that we are using all of their skills and maybe more would stay here.”
Umar was rewarded for his hard work by winning a Pride of Bucks award for Entreprenuer of the Year at our awards earlier this month.
TAKING MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS: Pride of Bucks winner Umar Aslam