Who We Are
From volunteering at events to giving talks about enterprise at local schools I feel that creating a worthwhile sense of community benefits everyone. This, coupled with my love of organising events, meant that School Space lets me do everything I am enthusiastic about…as a job!
I manage the behind the scenes of the business including the operations, finances, staffing, event planning and overseeing our social marketing to name a few. I’m passionate about networking and encouraging young people to make the most of opportunities that are presented to them during education and when starting in the world of business.
My role in School Space is focused largely on the marketing and strategy of the business. I love the ‘people’ side of what we do, and meeting new customers is what I look forward to. James says I talk too much, so I’m trying to use that as an asset rather than a hinderance. I am passionate about putting everything I can into helping School Space grow.
I’ve always been incredibly passionate about helping schools. To provide a better education, I believe they have to learn innovative means to engage their students and the surrounding community – I hope that we can provide that.
“James and Jemma are personable and by proxy make working with them and their business a joy.”
Zelga Simone, Said Business School
In 2010 James and Jemma became part of Wheatley Park’s Head Boy and Girl Team. During that time they learnt to run events, and enjoy making their school money. In their final year, the school was put into ‘special measures’ by Ofsted. It became the pair’s mission to show that their school was about more than this ‘failing’, and they struck on the idea of renting out Wheatley Park’s facilities to make the school money and open their doors to the local community to show them how amazing the site was. They found themselves entered into Oxford Business X, a competition for young entrepreneurs which involved pitching to local business ‘dragons’ in the hope of acquiring financial backing. James and Jemma pitched successfully, paying for the initial start up costs (especially insurance). The rest, as they say, is history.