Venture Helpers is a recruitment and training business currently working with the long term unemployed and those who face challenges entering or re-entering the job market. It is the result of owner, Ruki Khanum’s, determination and ambition to ensure that all individuals have access to opportunities in life.
Having worked in banking, local authorities and housing associations, Ruki saw first-hand the impact of unemployment on people’s lives.
Through Venture Helpers, Ruki differentiates her business by understanding individual needs and breaking down the barriers through her bespoke service. Her motivation is "the desire to help people and make a difference in their lives"
Ruki believes that it is not enough just to offer recruitment services. Venture Helpers also arranges training based on the individual’s needs.
"We arrange ESOL courses, CSCS and SIA training. This ensures that our clients are given the relevant skills to apply for the vacancies we offer."
Venture Helpers currently has two employees and works from locations across London, engaging with job centres and Community Centres. Ruki has big plans for the business. She would like to establish her own office and a team of recruiters who share the same vision and ethos as her.
When starting her business, Ruki joined the Start-Up Ready programme, which is open to all residents of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to assist them in the development of the practical skills required to become an entrepreneur.
Working with the schemes expert delivery partner and enterprise agency Nwes Group through London Small Business Centre Ruki was able to access the free 4 day intensive start up course, 1 to 1 business advice sessions and a host of additional networking, information and masterclass workshops.
Ruki believes that this experience was invaluable to help her understand her business and be realistic about her aims and objectives. "The impact on my business was being realistic about the money I need to make. In relation to this, I started to look at who my customers were, and I now understand that the companies who pay me for filling jobs are my main customers."
Ruki continues to work with Nwes Business Advisor, Peng Seng Ong, who says,
"Ruki has formed some very key relationships with recruiters since starting the business. This shows her determination and passion to succeed."
When asked what her highlights have been, Ruki says,
"The highlight has been giving hope to people that they can make positive change. Those clients who come back and say thanks are a great boost"
When thinking about others setting up in business, Ruki has some key advice.
"Understand exactly what your business is, and work through it to build from the idea; research and understand your market."
On her experience of the Start-up Ready programme Ruki says,
"As much as you may think you know how to run a business, you should speak to professionals, like the advisors on the course, to gain a different perspective."
Ruki is 1 of over 100 Tower Hamlets would-be entrepreneurs to have successfully completed the Start Up Ready course, equipping people with the knowledge and skills needed to take the first steps towards launching a new business.
If you have an idea for a business and would like to access free training, one to one business advice, access to networking and masterclass workshops and the opportunity to pitch for up to £5000 of grant funding to assist in launching your business, contact the team today on 020 7364 2278 or visit the Start Up page.