Clyde & Community: Inspiring young lives

Our global charitable theme is Inspiring Young Lives, supporting education, employment, future talent and entrepreneurship.

The community projects we support and develop around the world embrace the firm’s values of opportunity for all and entrepreneurialism. If you would like to get involved with any if the projects you see below please get in contact with: Sophie Arup (UK & Global) and Sinead Boden (MENA only)

Supporting education and the next generation

We partner with schools, colleges, community groups and universities to increase opportunities for young people and to broaden their horizons. Staff in our local offices around the world run schemes for literacy, numeracy and chess with their local primary schools. In the UK we work with schools such as Weyfield Academy in Guildford, Holy Trinity Primary School in Manchester and Osmani Primary School in London. Our international offices work with schools such as the San Wui School in Hong Kong and Hope Primary School in Shanghai.

Sir John Cass Workshop

Preparation for higher education

One scheme prepares young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are considering a university degree. Clyde & Co staff mentor sixth-form students from East London schools to support the development of independent learning and the study skills required for university, as well as helping plan for the future and broadening their horizons. These students are the first person in their families to consider university and often have no prior exposure to, or understanding of, these key skills.

I feel I have a much better chance for entering university… it helped me choose the right course as I had someone to talk to about it.

Stepney Green Sixth Form Student

As part of these business mentor sessions, Sixth Form students from Stepney Green worked with Clyde & Co. business mentors to enter the Tower Hamlets EBP video competition. The Winner of the Secondary and Sixth Form Category 2016 went to students Kabir and Amin with support from their Clyde & Co. business mentor Andrew Primett. For more information follow this link, and please watch the emotive video below on how the students visualise the future in Tower Hamlets, London.

Winners: Stepney Green students Kabir and Amin and Clyde & Co business mentor Andrew Primett

Entrepreneurs – businesses of the future

Hatch is an innovative business incubator in South London which specifically supports young entrepreneurs. Studies have shown that businesses launched with the support of an incubator are much more likely to succeed. The official body of UK Business Incubators (UKBI) suggests 87 per cent of start-ups that graduate from an incubator programme are still succeeding after five years, with early mentoring and support recognised as critical to that success. Clyde & Co staff support the young entrepreneurs through a mentoring programme. They use their skills and experience to provide practical advice; to help their mentees, to develop start-ups and to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Hatch Incubator’s mentoring programme is a great opportunity to provide a meaningful contribution to local communities by providing business and legal advice to new enterprises.

As a mentor, you have the chance to work with an entrepreneur on a one-to-one basis, offering start-up advice with a view to helping them achieve long-term sustainability. Advice covers various stages of the start-up lifecycle from ideation to feasibility to development and growth. For me personally, it was an incredibly rewarding experience from which I also learned a great deal.

Clyde & Co Hatch Mentor

It was so useful having a completely different angle on the business I have been creating. The programme offered a calm and professional environment to go into on a frequent basis and receive advice from a kind mentor in a completely different field. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

2016 Mentee

Hatch Mentoring Programme

Entrepreneurship in Qatar

The firm’s Doha office provides pro bono legal clinics to Bedaya in Qatar, an organisation created to support entrepreneurship in Qatar. Bedaya was shortlisted for an award in the CSR Qatar 2015 Awards and was the recipient of 2015 Arabian Business Entrepreneurship Award. Clyde & Co lawyers give legal seminars and volunteer at a pro bono legal advice clinic.