Francis needed a helping hand. Years of feeling alone, added to bullying at school destroyed his self-esteem and led to depression.
Francis, 30, from Clifton, Bristol, needed a helping hand. He felt like an outsider throughout school and years of bullying affected his self-esteem.
As a result, he would hardly go to school and started spending time with the wrong crowd. He moved out of home at 17, lost his job due to depression and didn’t feel he had anyone to turn to for support.
Wanting a better future, he later decided that he wanted to set up his own business. With no loan, no funding, and just gut instinct and determination, Francis came to us for support.
Capitalising on previous experience working in recruitment, Francis planned to found Fizwizz, an online retail recruitment agency that favoured integrity and passion for work above anything else. But, he needed support getting his business model right.
Francis attended Enterprise, a four-day programme that helps unemployed young people start up in business, and was then assigned a business mentor, Stephen.
From a little box room he rented from a friend, Francis set up Fizwizz and started putting out the feelers, getting leads and placing candidates into jobs.
Within a matter of months, demand for his services saw him move into formal offices and employ his first member of staff; and by the time Francis had completed his first year of trading, Fizwizz was turning over £150,000 and employed four members of staff.
Francis has far exceeded his original projections but more importantly has found a level of resilience and confidence that he never thought was possible.