Former homeless man begins his own business

  • Anil Parmar, a former homeless man has overcome substance misuse and is about to start his own business.

    Thanks to a £500 grant from Broadway, a homelessness charity, Mr Parmar is about to start a business named Buzz Bike Hire. This innovative idea will see electric bikes rented out to tourists in London to help reduce their carbon footprint, reports 24dash. Bicycle Crossing Sign

    Mr Parmar has had the idea for a number of years and with help and mentoring from a business start-up programme run by the charity Broadway Homelessness and Support, the idea if moving forward and ready to launch soon.

    Broadway's start-up scheme sees the charity's clients pitch their business ideas to a panel of its corporate supporters and is set to run again next week. Business figures who take part, invest their own money for no return whilst also advising the entrepreneurs.

    Mr Pamar said: "The start-up event was fantastic for me and also incredibly energising. It gave me both confidence in my idea and confidence in myself. I am already supported by the Broadway business mentoring programme and my mentor has been guiding me. Pitching the idea to these investors and answering their questions showed me that my idea can really work. It was more of a brain-storming session in the end and I was given lots of ideas on how to move forward. Receiving a grant to do this is the best thing that could happen at this stage of business planning. I'd had this idea in my head for years but I'd never really had the chance to get it off the ground as I had no funds to do so ... until Broadway came along. I'm very excited about the project and where it's going to go. I've completed short courses part funded by Broadway, I have a business advisor, I'm going to seminars and I've got a new life. Thank you Broadway."

    Emma Latham, corporate partnerships manager, said: "Broadway recognises that putting a roof over a person's head is just the first step to helping them combat the cycle of homelessness. Our aim is for our clients to live fully independent lives and the business start-up programme that has supported Anil and many others is one of the exciting ways in which we do this. I would ask that anyone who thinks they can offer their expertise and funding to get in touch. In addition to the business start-up programme, we also offer our clients work and learning support to get back into work through a one-to-one mentoring scheme."

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