Name: Shezad Nawab

Age: 26

Business: Deaf Business Services Ltd

Service: Business Support Services, Entrepreneur and Investor


University Attended: Birmingham City University

Year Graduated: 2009


Deaf Business Services Ltd provides a variety of services to deaf and hearing people. Services include; private market equity, venture capital, real estate (commercial and residential) and deaf awareness training for businesses. The business provides opportunities to small and large businesses all over Britain and internationally. Deaf Business Services Ltd work internationally allowing them the opportunity to help link hearing and deaf businesses in the international marketplace in countries such as; Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, South Africa and more.

At a glance....

Started Trading: May 2010

Investment: £1000

Business Start Up Growth:

The company currently have an office based in Birmingham however within two years (2012) aim to set up a head office located in London to enable greater networking with SME’s and other businesses.

The ongoing aim of the business is to create products using new technologies and innovative ideas which will create new business opportunities.

Business Achievements/Awards:

Nominated for Best Business Start Up in the Birmingham Chamber Awards September 2010

Nominated for Best Business Start Up in the HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards October 2010

Deaf Business Services Ltd has been asked to have an article published about them in the Birmingham Mail and Bromsgrove Standard newspapers in summer 2010.

Deaf Business Services Ltd on how Make It Happen has helped:

“On Thursday 19th November 2009, I went to South Bank University where an event was being held and hosted by NCGE FlyingStart Make It Happen in connection with Global Entrepreneurship Week and I was one of 200 individuals who attended. I met James Caan, Caroline Marsh, Imran Hakim and Dan Sodergren. They were speaking about how they set up their businesses, from their initial idea to expanding into larger companies. They also talked about the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a business. The event inspired me to set up my company.”

About the Make It Happen Programme:

Make It Happen (MIH) is a new national programme to support recent and ‘about to become’ graduates setting up in business. It's FREE to take part and is funded by the UK Government and delivered by National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, HSBC and Business Link.