Ten South London entrepreneurs are seeing their business dreams come to life in Pollards Hill thanks to an entrepreneurial project provided by London Youth Support Trust (LYST) and Moat.
Pollards Studios in Pollards Hill, South London, was officially opened in February 2018 by local MP Siobhan McDonagh. Managed by LYST and set up with funding from Moat and contractors United Living, the project aims to break down barriers for young entrepreneurs from deprived backgrounds by providing grant funding, renting out affordable business units over a two-year period, and offering financial and business planning support and advice.
The nine start-up businesses at the Studios are occupied by young entrepreneurs from Pollards Hill and the wider area. Among them is Evelyn Okwabi, whose Nigerian fashion range has taken her to African Fashion Week London and Black Women in Business UK. She has also won a Young Entrepreneurs Game Award.
Evelyn said: I am appreciative of the support provided by Moat, with the Studios and LYST helping young entrepreneurs to make their visions a reality.
Other businesses at Pollards Studios currently range from catering to fashion design:
The CEO of LYST, Pat Shelley, said: "This project would not have been achievable without the support of United Living, but in particular Moat who have been integral to the delivery of the project from conception".