Rachel Jones is one of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly’s high profile serial entrepreneurs having successfully owned successful businesses in childcare, retail, catering, business development and enterprise.
Rachel is the Founder and CEO of the award winning childcare company Fit N Fun Kids, providing high quality childcare throughout the South West, employing over fifty women at its peak, supporting working families and is integral to the Young Mums Will Achieve Initiative. As an organisation, Fit N Fun Kids has achieved multiple national awards and recognition in a county that is known as one of the most deprived counties in Europe and prides much of the organisational success on the commitment of extensive training from Apprenticeships to bespoke Leadership & Management programmes and graduate recruitment. Fit N Fun Kids as the only childcare provider in the UK with the Gold accreditation of Investors in People.
Rachel launched this company over 16 years ago. Faced with a lack of funding, she sold her family home to invest in the start-up in a challenging sector that often struggles across the UK. From a rocky start, Fit N Fun Kids is now one of Cornwall’s biggest success stories.
From this successful company, Rachel became known as a key driver for change in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and so created Leading Women UK and the Enterprise Foundation South West - both not for profit CIC’s. Giving her time voluntarily and encouraging others to follow and support, she brought in over £0.5 million of private sector funding through benefit in kind.
Rachel strives to find solutions that support the female agenda, inspiration agenda - aimed at young people; and vulnerable families (focusing on well-being, enterprise and employment).
In 2011, Rachel was invited by Vince Cable as one of fifty employers to attend an Apprenticeship Consultation in London. In 2014, Rachel was asked to feed into the Burt Report – Inclusive Support for Women in Enterprise, published in 2015.
In 2015, Rachel successfully delivered the Government led Enterprise Advisor Pilot on behalf of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. This stemmed from consulting directly with BIS and Lord Young’s Enterprise For All, which led to Rachel and her team successfully receiving a grant of £100k as one of 5 pilot areas. This team was the only private sector led team in the country. They over-reached on all targets and were asked to feedback directly to the DfE Careers & Enterprise Company, now responsible for the national programme roll out.
Being aware of the key challenges, together with data and potential solutions for the female agenda, inspiration agenda and raising aspiration of the most vulnerable, Rachel has provided consultancy and mentoring, encouraging women, young people, the hard to engage and the most vulnerable to become more enterprising, thrive and achieve in life as well as those at the start up stages of their business.
Rachel has overcome personal challenges such as juggling childcare, supporting a parent with dementia and a husband with a permanent mental health disability (PTSD); a child through severe bullying, and overcoming personal barriers, such as lack of skill, investment and many more whilst setting up several successful businesses in one of Europe’s poorest counties. Rachel can speak first hand on how drive, determination and a can-do attitude ensures that, no matter what background you come from and barriers you face along the way, you can achieve great things.
"Rachel’s aim to inspire and empower young people is always achieved whether she is working on Enterprise with small groups of students, talking to students and their parents at whole school events or sharing the secrets of her success with specific year groups. Rachel’s passion for inspiring young people to aim high and achieve their goals shines through in everything she does. We have been very lucky to benefit from Rachel’s experience and passion - and we hope to have her back at Penryn College soon!"– Rachel Bastian, Work Related Learning Co-ordinator, Penryn School
"Rachel Jones has delivered Inspiring Young Women Conferences and Be Inspired Events at our Camborne and St Austell campuses over a period of years. Rachel also mentored our FE Events Management students over a two year period and provided them with projects and real life event experiences. Rachel's talks are inspiring and clearly focused to the ages and abilities of the groups she works with."– Heather Tabb, Young People Project Manager, Cornwall College
"Rachel came in to talk to a group of students on the BA Business Entrepreneurship course at Falmouth University. It was really valuable to them to hear Rachel’s entrepreneurship journey and the ups and downs along the way. They were really inspired by her talk and the subsequent Q&A session."– Sam White, Lecturer, Falmouth University
"Rachel's talk was very inspirational and exciting, and prompted questions from the students."– Julie Ilogu, Colston's School, Bristol
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