What do successful entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson, Lord Sugar Michelle Mone and Jamie Oliver have in common?
They have all been diagnosed with dyslexia, a condition that affects 10% of the UK population. Yet they and approximately 20% of UK entrepreneurs have not stopped this from creating and running successful businesses.
That’s what we discovered when we hosted the Successful Dyslexic Entrepreneurs event organised by Elizabeth Takyi of A2i Dyslexia CIC on 29 October in conjunction with Beverley Corson of Engineering Business Growth. A2i Dyslexia help those with dyslexia through a range of education, employment and enterprise education and support initiatives.
The event invited local entrepreneurs with dyslexia to hear from inspiring entrepreneurs with direct experience of running their own successful businesses with the condition including Elizabeth, James Adeleke of Generation Success – a social enterprise providing career and professional development and recruitment services to young people, Bob Dickinson of Installation & Refurbishment Solutions Ltd – a local office design and fit-out company.
The gathered audience also heard from Tameeka Smith of social enterprise Trimenco CIC about the services they provide to help those with dyslexia manage their professional and personal lives and about the support available through the Access to Work scheme which can provide assistance to employers and employees to allow them to work.
We were very privileged to host this event and if you want to find out more about how A2iDyslexia can support you, they are delivering a day-long workshop on 5 December at Weatherill House from 9:30am until 4:30pm. Further details are available here.Share this post: