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UEL Enterprise supports students and graduates to secure funding

Seven businesses started by University of East London (UEL) students and alumni have received funding totalling £10,000 from the Haberdashers' Company.

The annual programme provides commercial and social enterprises with equity-free funding to enable their growth and development. Recipients of the funding also receive masterclasses and individual mentoring delivered by industry experts.

This year saw the 100th business supported in the UEL's partnership with Haberdashers'. The Haberdashers' Company also runs multiple schools across London while supporting students with their education and development through additional sponsorships and grants.

Businesses supported this year include two social enterprises, Blooming Survivors and The Assembly. Dr. Mary Lodato set up Blooming Survivors to support survivors of childhood institutional abuse, after she embarked on a PhD course at UEL studying the issue. The Assembly, represented by UEL post-graduate Kate Joseph, plans to convert a disused toilet block in Clapton into a food and drink venue for the local community. Last November, Kate was runner-up in UEL's business idea competition, E-Factor.

Commercial businesses who received funding were Seasons Handmade, Ashiyana Care, Dinobyte, Dandelion and Impact Coaching & Consultancy. 

Grace-Lesley Graham, from Impact Coaching & Consultancy, praised the services offered by UEL, "Thank you to the UEL Enterprise team for all it does for it's students and alumni in the way of encouraging entrepreneurship". Impact Coaching & Consultancy provides informative sessions to women who aspire to be strong and assertive leaders. Grace now plans to use her funding to improve her consultancy resources.

Kadeza Begum, a member of UEL's Enterprise department, said, "This year saw a wide range of different business each with an interesting back story. During the programme of workshops, each recipient has shown that they are very passionate about their respective businesses."

Kadeza added, "The money received today will go towards expenses like marketing and consultancy that can ensure these businesses can continue to grow and flourish." 

Sign up to the UEL Enterprise newsletter to find out when next year's applications open at www.uel.ac.uk/connect/enterprise.

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