Who’s behind ‘Start With Local’?
Start with Local, founder, Simeon Linstead, has a background in product and service design, business development and marketing within financial services/fintech. Working at organisations as diverse at AXA, uSwitch.com, Interactive Investor and Channel 4 (education), holding various roles including: Head of Consumer Proposition; eCommerce Director; and Managing Director.
He also runs a strategy consultancy helping financial services companies design and deliver products and services. He’s using this existing business to incubate and fund Start with Local, a social enterprise.
Over the past few years he has become heavily involved in local community work – working directly with schools, parks, local council, police, community groups, business and social media. So, he understands local from a very hands-on perspective.
‘Seeing what we’ve been able to achieve in my local community, with very limited resources, has made it clear to me that setting up Start with Local has the potential to be a very powerful means to help local communities thrive, and creating wider social impact.’
Simeon Linstead, Founder and Managing Director