St Paul’s has been a seedbed for entrepreneurs, from Sir Thomas Gresham in the 16th Century to Sir Lloyd Dorfman (Travelex), Saul Klein (Lovefilm) and Aron Gelbard (Bloom & Wild) today. We are therefore well positioned to drive a programme to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs – both at St Paul’s and in West London as a whole – whilst also providing opportunities for collaborative working across independent and state schools.
In 2018, we founded the West London Schools’ Entrepreneurs’ Partnership to provide teaching, mentoring and meaningful opportunities for young people to become the next generation of entrepreneurs. Supported by the power of our alumni and parent networks, and those of our partner schools, we look to share our wisdom and experience with the young people involved, as they acquire the confidence and skills to start their own fledgling businesses. Crucially, the programme is open to, and promoted amongst, all of the young people in the local area. Our aim is to promote and foster real and tangible social and economic mobility for young people across local schools.