High Sheriff of Shropshire comments on his recent visit to SYST
I met with Chief Executive Richard Nuttall, Chairman Robert Bland, one of the scheme’s beneficiaries Alex Leighton, Community Enterprise
Co-ordinator Sarah Evans and Marketing Executive Jason Fullwood.
SYST was set up about six years ago and is based in Telford. There is a 60-strong pool of mentors with a track record of business success, plus six permanent employees.
The focus is on helping young people, broadly between 16 and 30.
SYST has helped over 200 people.
Alex is one such person. Through the mentoring of SYST, she started her own embroidery business, Threadway Embroidery, in July this year and is now self-employed working from home. She works with other small businesses and private clients to produce workwear and custom gifts.
SYST’s annual running costs are around £120,000 a year. I agreed to investigate potential sources of funding.
It is another inspirational organisation in Shropshire – of which we have many – that exist to help people to better lives.