Business Man inspires by telling his life story

Entrepreneur Stephen Fear shared his life story and passed on 10 key lessons he had learned when he visited Ark house in stroud on Pancake Day.

The centre in Parliament Street is run by Bromford and provides accommodation for homeless young people.

Bromford Chief Executive Officer Phillipa Jones said: “We had a fantastic time at Ark House with Stephen and his son Leon Fear; who is also his business partner.

“Loads of our customers got involved prepping the food and while we started to get cooking underway, Stephen told his life story – and it is a really inspirational life story, and absolutely underlines what we are all about.

“He was a brilliant role model for the young people and they just loved hearing his story of growing up on a council estate, not having a proper education or going through any of the classic routes to success that you would expect.

“He’s a self-made millionaire and a man with a real social conscience, so in terms of unlocking potential we couldn’t have picked a better person to inspire our young customers”.

The room was packed as Stephen held everyone’s attention with his experiences. One client said “I expected the day to be really boring, but it was awesome and Stephen is a top man”. Another said: ” It was a great opportunity to work with Stephen and Leon in the kitchen as I love cooking and was interested to see how they were going to make their curry. I also had the chance to make them pancakes which was cool.”

Another client said:” I get really nervous around people but wanted to hear Stephen’s story and so came for the day, to be able to sit and listen about where he started has motivated me. ” Stephen is inspirational”.

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