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Cooking up a recipe for success on pancake day

Stephen Fear, entrepreneur and self-made millionaire, will be visiting Ark House, our accommodation for homeless young people in Stroud, next Tuesday, 17 February 2015 where he will be cooking and chatting with residents.

Dropping out of school at 15 to start an oven cleaning business, Fear’s first major deal was achieved over the phone using the now famous red telephone box on the council estate in Bristol where he grew up, hence his nickname of ‘phone box millionaire’. 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.

Bromford’s CEO, Philippa Jones said: “We’re delighted that Stephen is coming to Ark House 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 would come and cook for our customers. He replied asking me to name the day and our customers at Ark House are in for a real treat.”

Stephen, patron of Emmaus, international charity for the homeless 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: it’s not where you’ve come from that matters but where you’re going.”

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