A lifelong Notting Hill resident has reworked run-down Portobello Road premises right into a wholesome enterprise after making the most of a particular lease from Kensington and Chelsea council.
Usama Ghamhi approached the council together with his plan to open Cleanse Juice Bar and Kitchen after seeing the constructing, within the world-famous Portobello Road, boarded up and sitting empty.
His proposal resulted within the council providing Usama a social funding lease, which supplies the entrepreneur with beneficial phrases and brings an unused industrial property again into motion.
Speaking after renovating the constructing and opening Cleanse, Usama, who was born and raised in Portobello Road, mentioned: “I’ve been going up and down this road every day all my life, and I saw the shop was empty for a good two years.
“I reached out to councillor Kim Taylor-Smith and just asked ‘if I come up with a good business plan and you believe it would work, will you give me a shot?’
“It feels great and thankfully it shows to people just like me or where I’m from that anything is possible and can definitely get something if you work hard.”
Kensington and Chelsea councillor Kim Taylor-Smith mentioned: “Usama’s vision and work ethic are infectious and we were only too happy to back his plans for Cleanse, which is a wonderful addition to Portobello Road’s thriving commercial line-up.
“This lease, which supports a young entrepreneur with a lifelong link to the area and breathes new life into vacant premises, is a perfect example of how social investment can have a positive impact on our residents’ lives.
“We are working hard to embed social investment across the council, from our parks and leisure contracts to our new homes schemes.”
Recent examples of the council’s social funding in motion embrace a 10-year grounds upkeep, sports activities and bereavement providers contract awarded to idverde, which is able to see the corporate present employment, expertise and volunteering alternatives.
The Building Lives Academy has additionally benefited. It supplies development expertise coaching to younger individuals and is predicated in council-owned premises in North Kensington which have been offered to developer Willmott Dixon on a social funding lease.
Pictured prime: Usama on the Cleanse bar (Picture: RB Kensington & Chelsea)