The mission of the Roma Investment Fund (RIF) is to optimize the entrepreneurship opportunities in the Roma community through
Development of Roma network business (business incubators)
Development and implementation of practices that would result in startup businesses (micro and macro businesses)
Connecting applicants with professional consultants. (preparation of a business plan)
Facilitating of new businesses
That is why we invite all interested parties (individuals, groups, organizations, companies, etc.) who are involved in any form of business and economic activities to be part of the Roma Investment Fund - Accelerator (RIF-A)
Is Europe’s ageing population a ticking time bomb? With its low birth rate and ageing labour force, the continent faces a demographic crisis that could impact its economic competitiveness and public finances.
The number of people of working age – those between 20 and 64 – peaked in Europe in 2010. By 2035, there will be about 50 million fewer people of working age in Europe than in 2010. Demographically, this makes Europe the oldest continent on the planet.
With a shrinking labour force and an ageing population increasingly retiring and drawing on their pensions, European policymakers will soon face an unenviable task of maintaining economic growth while expanding Europe’s labour pool. And in many cases, they will do this against a backdrop of hostile public opinion on using migration as a means of balancing the demographic and economic decline.
To surmount this challenge, the European Union just announced 2023 as the European Year of Skills (EYS) to provide new momentum to reach the EU 2030 social targets of at least 60 percent of adults in training every year and at least 78 percent in employment. But can the EU really achieve this without harnessing the potential of the continent’s largest minority group?
There are about 6 million Roma in the EU’s 27 countries and millions more in the wider EU candidate countries. Contrary to the region’s ageing population, the demographic potential of the Roma is immense and, in many cases, primed to plug the holes coming down the road.
For example, the percentage of Roma under 30 years old in North Macedonia is almost double that of the majority population. In Romania, 59.9 percent of Roma are under 30 years of age, and for the majority population, this rate is just 32.8 percent.
Alfie Best was born in a caravan in Leicester 52 years ago. Today he lives in a mansion of 6 million, just bought one of the fifteen helicopters produced by Aston Martin (for 4.5 million) and is on the verge of becoming a billionaire. Thus, Best will be the first Roma billionaire.
"I bought it for work, I swear - he joked to The Sun - because I can fly to five parks in one day. In the car, due to the monotony of highway travel, I had already had two traffic accidents due to falling asleep. The parks he refers to are part of his empire, Wyldecrest Parks, 91 mobile car parks across the UK, which are valued at £700,000.
Best took his first steps in the business world when he was only ten years old, when he accompanied his father in door-to-door sales.
"Have you ever heard the saying, you talk fast like a Roma?" In fact, during these very brief meetings, Best had only thirty seconds to capture the attention of his potential client.
And thanks to this "school", he said, he learned the art of selling.
At the age of 16 he founded a company for the rental and sale of cars and caravans, and at the age of 20 he threw himself into the mobile phone market. After working for three months in one of these shops and realizing his potential, he got a loan from a bank to set up his own business and in less than a year and a half he had thirteen shops across London.
After this thriving business was sold, Best invested his money in commercial properties and now owns more than 80 acres of industrial land across England.
In the next few years, his wife Emily suggests that he invest in the area with which he has experience. And here the gypsy soul leads him to the car parking sector. In 2001 he bought his first lot for £1.7m and now has 91 car parks.
An empire worth £700m, but an investment fund wants to buy his property for £950m. However, Best declined the offer.
"It's not about making more and more money - he said - I'm convinced that once you reach 5 or 10 million you don't need more to live and do what you love. Beyond that limit, the point is to build something that makes a difference."