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A Year of Transformation: A special edition from Calum Sawford, EPIC’s Programme Lead & CEO at MJF

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

The beating heart of EPIC’s purpose remains to support young people from care experienced or disadvantaged backgrounds to develop the skills and receive the support necessary to realise their entrepreneurial dreams. We are continually inspired by their ideas, vision, commitment and adaptability as they pursue their goals. We thank each young entrepreneur who’s chosen to partner with EPIC. You are the reason we do what we do.

Committed Partners

These achievements have been made possible thanks to the incredible support of partners.

We’ve been privileged to connect inspired young entrepreneurs with business leaders and experts across various industry sectors throughout the year. These have included:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (APC Overnight)

  • Hair and Makeup Effects (Beauty by Ruby)

  • IP & Trademarking (Eversheds Sutherland)

  • Angel Investment (Midven)

to name just a few!

I’m also grateful to our external partners who have provided their expertise to support the development of the programme, such as Aston University, and those from across The Martin James Foundation who have kindly donated their time and skills to support mentoring our EPIC Young Business participants and Alumni.

Thanks to generous donations from The Martin James Network, Agility Fleet Services, Arconic Foundation & St. James’ Place, we’ve grown the programmes’ impact to over 20 young entrepreneurs supported in 2022, with investment to expand further in 2023.

We also hosted our first-ever EPIC Young Entrepreneurs Awards evening, which saw over 80 young entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country connect for a night of networking and celebration, thanks to the donations of our Awards Sponsors.

A Strong Team

Finally, I would like to recognise the achievements of EPIC’s core team. Over the last 12 months, they have developed:

  • A new programme of delivery

  • A new suite of internal processes and procedures

  • A new website and online programme delivery platform.

They accomplished this all whilst building partnerships and providing bespoke 1-2-1 business mentoring and coordination for more than 20 young people!

It has been my privilege to lead the EPIC programme over the last 12 months and I can’t wait to see what our EPIC entrepreneurs will achieve in 2023. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the EPIC Programme, please visit our website.

On behalf of everyone at EPIC, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and cannot wait to meet you in the new year.

Warmest Regards,


As always, we are incredibly grateful to all our sponsors and supporters who make EPIC happen:

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