Entrepreneur hopes to inspire a generation

Brent O'Sullivan (37) from Copnor, will be going to the Portsmouth Opportunities Fair on Saturday as a role model. Brent is setting up a social enterprise called Youth Environment to help young people express themselves through art, sport and music and plans to use a recycling scheme to pay for it.  Pictured is: Brent O'Sullivan (37) who plans to set up his social enterprise Youth Environment.  Picture: Sarah Standing (123131-4053)
Brent O'Sullivan (37) from Copnor, will be going to the Portsmouth Opportunities Fair on Saturday as a role model. Brent is setting up a social enterprise called Youth Environment to help young people express themselves through art, sport and music and plans to use a recycling scheme to pay for it. Pictured is: Brent O'Sullivan (37) who plans to set up his social enterprise Youth Environment. Picture: Sarah Standing (123131-4053)

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YOUNG people going to the Portsmouth Opportunities Fair on Saturday will have the chance to hear from a range of inspiring people.

There will be a host of role models at the event, which takes place at the Guildhall between 10am and 4pm.

It will be their job to share the secret of their success, and how staying in Portsmouth helped them achieve it.

One of those who has signed up to be a role model is Brent O’Sullivan, 37.

A serial entrepreneur, Brent has turned his hand to most different types of business, including becoming a financial consultant as well as launching a security company.

He fought his way back from bankruptcy following the death of his mother to begin a new social enterprise.

This latest venture involves making money by collecting residents’ recycling, which he will then use to fund youth facilities across the UK, giving young people a way to express themselves using art, sport and music.

He said: ‘The idea behind the Youth Environment is that we’ll collect non-carbon waste, sell it on, and use the money to set up youth facilities in cities in the UK.’

Brent counts his own role models as Esther Rantzen and Richard Branson, and says he aspires to help the next generation of entrepreneurs get on their way.

He added: ‘The youth of today and tomorrow are our most valuable assets in society. If we can give them opportunity and support I have utter faith that they have all the answers to making all our futures healthy well and prosperous.’

To find out more about the second annual Portsmouth Opportunities Fair, see oppsfair.com.

Free shuttle buses will be running to and from the Lakeside Business Park in North Harbour on the day.

Details are on the website.