For­mer grad­u­ate who set up a busi­ness

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

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.

NL20149729 Photo by Ais­ling Mag­ill www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

TAK­ING MAT­TERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS: Pride of Bucks win­ner Umar As­lam

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