A former Hazelwick School pupil who has made his fortune in renting out luxury apartments and offices in London is bringing his business home.
Keiran Brown, 32, was at a loss five years ago when his recruitment business folded.
He was on benefits and struggling to make ends meet.
He said: “I didn’t even have money to pay for food. Friends were bailing me out.
“Every single person around me was helping me.”
In 2012 he set up his company, Uber London, renovating flats into luxury apartments in the capital.
Following its success he set up a sister company called Uber Office and over the past year has been renovating office space across the capital
Last month he opened his first branch near Victoria Station and he is now looking for locations in his home town to which he can expand.
He said: “My mum says I was the Crawley kid that turned things around.”
Having been self-employed, Keiran knows how hard it is to start up a new business.
He described the difficulties young entrepreneurs have when finding money for a deposit on top of several months’ rent money and business rates.
And he is proud of the environment in which Uber Office works, which requires no deposit and operates under a rolling one-month contract.
He said: “We have the business environment not many others support.
“People end up building friendships and networking with people and head hunting.
“We’ve tied up with local art galleries and use local people, like a spray painter.”
Keiran believes his hometown is an ideal place to expand further.
He said: “In the next 12 months our aim is to open four. I really like Crawley and don’t like the negativity about it.
“My family are still in Crawley.
“It’s the main connection between the South Coast and London and there’s so many things made in that area.
“There’s billions of pounds worth of money and I want a part of it.”