Nathan always struggled in traditional learning environments. He was discouraged in school, which led to him disengaging with education and getting into trouble. Despite these setbacks, Nathan retained a determination and desire to succeed.
Nathan John's entrepreneurial spirit, which he had from a young age, is the driving force behind his success. The Swansea-based entrepreneur, now 32, is dedicated to using his business acumen as a force of good.
Nathan had always wanted to work for himself, setting up a sandwich shop and music magazine in his teens. He went on to study economics at university where he worked as a DJ and established an events business. Around this time, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
When the venue he was working in closed down, Nathan was left jobless and unsure what to do next. Recalling his own issues in school, he decided he wanted to help students who struggled in education. He says,
Nathan began putting together an idea about a business that used music to inspire students and raised their aspirations. After approaching The Prince’s Trust and going on the Enterprise programme, Rewise Learning was born. The company provides innovative educational resources and training, and has landed Nathan several business awards. It has also led to Nathan meeting Richard Branson and HRH The Prince of Wales. He says,
Since establishing Rewise Learning – initially using music to help with revision – Nathan has developed different strands of the business to support community initiatives, help people who struggle with reading, and increase engagement with STEM subjects. Nathan is also proud to be a founding director of Surfablility UK CIC, a surf school for young people with disabilities. He continues to promote the work of The Prince’s Trust, including delivering programmes in England and Wales.