In 2018 the Richardson family showed their backing for the next generation of entrepreneurs by launching a bursary scheme for students in the Black Country.
Working with the University of Wolverhampton, students studying business studies have the opportunity to apply for a £5,000 annual prize.
The family looks to reward not only academic excellence but also those university students who are active in their local community.
Iman Hussain who is studying for an MSc in computer science was the second winner of the Richardson bursary, impressing representatives from the business and the university against tough competition.
He stood out with his beliefs that computer science can be a force for good. He proposed that smartphone apps can help with the redistribution of food that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Helping the people that need it most. He also has a vision of how virtual reality can allow people to view Wolverhampton through history, as well as into the future.
Alongside his studies Iman works part time as a tutor, with a particular focus on special educational needs. In 2018 he volunteered at the British International School in Somalia.
Iman Hussain, 2019 winner
Mark Smith was the inaugural winner of the £5,000 bursary in 2018, with Kavana Gangappa also impressing the panel of judges and benefiting from a month-long internship at the Richardson offices.
Both students were studying for a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance at the University of Wolverhampton and both were busy away from their studies. Mark working part time on the Help Desk at Wolverhampton Homes and Kavana doing the 3am to 5am shift, picking groceries for internet shopping orders at Sainsbury’s, before heading off to the university’s Business School. Mark and Kavana both have ambitions to work in finance.