Chelsea Foundation's Edge of the Box Club was launched in 2015 and over the past four years an impressive 4,000 start-ups have come through the programme.

The Edge of the Box Club is unique to Chelsea Football Club and helps people in the local and wider community start and build their own business, with 95 per cent of them having achieved at least one business qualification since joining as part of the Chelsea Foundation Entrepreneur programme.

Taking place once every month at Stamford Bridge, the programme brings together job seekers, start-ups and trading companies to network, develop their ideas and learn.

Carl Southwell, enterprise manager for Chelsea Foundation, said: 'The club has grown alongside the start-ups by continuing to listen to what they need and making sure it feels that it's their club.

'Every month is different with new guest speakers, a new group of start-ups to help and new problems to solve with the audience.

'It has become the go-to start-up club for job seekers and early-stage start-ups in London and I am extremely proud of what it has achieved.

'Thank you to everyone who has helped, attended and grown the club over the last four years.’

One person who has benefitted from the Edge of the Box Club programme is Cassandra Hamilton who founded Edworkation.

With the help of Chelsea Foundation's programme, the former HR manager set up a business to help young people navigate the challenges of the work place after being made redundant and discovering her passion for helping people at the start of their careers.

She said: 'I didn't think my confidence, awareness or knowledge would be this strong.

'It has helped me build such invaluable links that have helped to really accelerate my business.

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