Search

Founder of Romford performing arts school wins business award

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 April 2014

Joel Kern

Joel Kern

Archant

The founder of one of the fastest growing performing arts companies in the UK has won a prestigious award for his work.

Joel with students in Brent Cross, 2009Joel with students in Brent Cross, 2009

Joel Kern, managing director of Make Believe, which has a school in Romford, has been awarded the Federation of Small Business (FSB) Regional Young Entrepreuner of the Year award for the south east, and will now compete for the national honour next month.

He founded the company aged 15 in 2004, teaching five youngsters to sing, dance and act. Ten years later, Make Believe has 30 schools across the south east and has taught 2,500 children.

A production company and talent agency have also been launched, giving many youngsters the chance to tread the boards on the West End.

Make Believe students Kierran Rogers-Bedminster and Owen Jordan Mugowa have gone on to perform in Thriller, Jamie Levy is in the Easter Sainsbury campaign, Rocco McHue has just been in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Rachel Adedji was an X Factor finalist.

Joel, of Ilford, said: “I always believe that what you put into life you get back in return. Make Believe has been an amazing journey and I believe there is no end to where we can go.

“Although this is an individual award I cannot take the credit. A company is only as good as the people working for it and so I would like

to dedicate this to everyone at head office, all the franchisees, teachers, parents and the amazing Make Believe students!

“I am proud to be a part of such a great company. I have always said with one mind, one dream and one focus you can achieve anything and with hard

work and determination anything is possible!”

A percentage of profits from Make Believe is donated to nominated charities. This year the company is supporting Kith & Kids, a north London based charity helping children and families dealing with autism and aspergers.

Make Believe Romford is based at St Edwards Church of England School and Sixth Form College in London Road.

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:14

Reporters Matthew Clemenson and Ralph Blackburn joined Time 107.5 FM’s Steve Allen for this week’s East London News Review podcast.

Yesterday, 17:00

With the now-lost royal palace, the Roman Road and centuries-old Romford Market part of its past (and present), Havering really does have a rich and varied history.

Yesterday, 14:50

A woman was thrown into a betting shop window after a car, allegedly driven by an elderly driver, crashed into her this afternoon.

Yesterday, 13:00

A shop that has served parents and their children for generations is set to close after 65 years.

Yesterday, 11:03

A woman who lost her brother in a tragic accident 27 years ago is desperately trying to raise cash to give him a fitting memorial.

Yesterday, 07:00

A father and son who deal in antique military memorabilia have unearthed one of only two known flags from the Defence of Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo.

Thu, 17:11

Members of the community held in high esteem by their peers were given worthy honours at a prestigious award ceremony last week.

Thu, 16:08

The sentencing of a fly-tipper from Upminster who admitted dumping 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble on a street in Beckton has been delayed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now