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Matthew Smith, Dilectus

Matthew Smith has squeezed a lot into his business career, including being named, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and launching a company that was identified as ‘one to watch’ by Growing Business Magazine – but now the self-confessed workaholic is taking on a new challenge.

Matthew took inspiration from his architect father and set up Dilectus from the spare room of his parent’s house in 2004. Now, Matthew’s Rotherham based recruitment company is a seven strong team specialising in the quantity surveying sector.

As if all this wasn’t enough, Matthew is now a strong supporter of Rotherham Ready’s, ‘Make £5 Blossom’ scheme, investing his time and money in the borough’s young people.

This unique idea involves local businesses loaning a lump sum of £150 to a class of eager pupils. After training, each child is given an initial £5 investment with which to launch a business and turn a profit.

Matthew worked with St. Mary’s Catholic Primary in Rotherham and said:

“Often the biggest obstacle standing in the way of budding entrepreneurs is not having the confidence, the determination and the tenacity required to fully realise their ambitions.”

“That’s why “Make £5 Blossom” is such a great initiative – it goes beyond simply providing young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to succeed in the working world and gives them a unique opportunity to actually put this knowledge into practice.”

“I strongly believe that businesses of all sizes have a role, and indeed a responsibility, in working with young people to help them become the invaluable employees of tomorrow…and this will mean a more dynamic, diverse and thriving economy in the years to come.”

For more information about Make £5 Blossom, please contact Administration Officer, Michelle Trench on: michelle.trench@rotherham.gov.uk