Firm Futures Is 10!

Firm Futures, a business start-up initiative run by St Luke’s Community Centre, Slaughter and May, a leading international law firm and enterprise expert B consultancy, is celebrating a decade of supporting Islingtonians to follow their dreams and set up their own business. Since 2013 Firm Futures has supported 63 business set ups and 230 individuals, with tools, resources and guidance on transforming ideas into reality. From video production to nail art, there’s a huge range of skills and ideas that have thrived through the initiative.

Firm Futures’ purpose is to drive social mobility by encouraging people to reach their full potential, through a combination of mentorship, training and business development support, giving them the confidence and practical help to make their ideas achievable. In the future the project aims to support more entrepreneurs and inspire a new generation of business leaders.

John Garces, Business Engagement Manager at St Luke’s Community Centre, says: “Firm Futures has been an incredible catalyst for empowering social mobility through entrepreneurship over the past decade. As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we acknowledge our partners’ determined efforts and our participants’ unwavering commitment. Together, we have built a legacy of inspiration and success, leaving a lasting impact on individuals and our community.”

Robert Byk, Partner at Slaughter and May, says: “Being part of the Firm Futures Programme and seeing participants take their businesses forward is really exciting. We see first-hand the difference our funding has, and mentoring the entrepreneurs through the process is a fantastic opportunity for our people to be a part of. We look forward to continuing to support this programme.”

Janice Beckles, founder of B Consultancy Ltd says: ‘’It’s an honour to support Islington-based fledgling entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into sustainable, thriving businesses. The project has provided vital support, ensuring participant’s needs are met and helping each person achieve goals and aspirations’’.

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