Millionaire to reveal his recipe for success

Entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Stephen Fear certainly has talent when it comes to commercial success.

But during a visit to Stroud on Pancake Day yesterday, Tuesday, he was hoping to prove that he is also a dab hand in the kitchen.

Stephen who dropped out of school at 15 to start an oven cleaning business, was due to show off his skills at Ark House, which offers accommodation for homeless young people.

Fear’s first major deal was achieved over the phone using the famous red telephone box on the council estate in Bristol where he grew up, hence the”phonebox millionaire” nickname.

Largely self educated through his love of reading, Fear went on to sell what became a successful commercial cleaning company and move into a variety of ventures including property investment and development. Today he runs a multi-faceted business empire with his son and business partner Leon.

Phillipa Jones, CEO of Bromford, Which runs Ark House, said: ” We’re delighted that Stephen is coming to share some valuable insights about how he was able to unlock his potential to achieve such huge success. “At Bromford, we know that everyone has aspirations and we work with customers to help identify what they can do, looking at any hurdles they might need help with overcoming to get where they want to be.

“The opportunity for a visit arose when Stephen was talking on Twitter about cooking a roast dinner so I asked him when he could come and cook for our customers. He replied asking me to name the day.”

Stephen, patron of the Emmaus international homeless charity, said: “Homelessness isn’t a lifestyle choice, it can happen to anyone. I am really looking forward to spending some time with the youngsters at Ark House and i hope that my experience might inspire them to see that they can create a positive future for themselves, its not where you’ve come from that matters but where you are going”.

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