Your Gazette: Meet the couple who run Grays Tuition Centre

Thurrock Gazette: Usman Rahim - Grays Tuition Centre Usman Rahim - Grays Tuition Centre

Usman Rahim and his wife Erima run the Grays Tuition Centre on London Road.

The couple moved to Grays in 2012 from London to start the company, and have since had a little boy Humza, who is now four months old.

The centre caters for over 150 students in the borough and has a team of 10 tutors. They were recently nominated at the Thurrock Business Awards.

What do you love about Thurrock and what is it that brought you here?

Thurrock has an amazing and vibrant community that coexist peacefully. The rural nature of Thurrock and its close proximity to London make it an idyllic location to raise a family. The tight knit community has helped our business flourish.

How do you see the future panning out for the borough (DP World, Thames Crossing etc)?

Thurrock is expanding its job opportunities and building more affordable housing, which is seeing a large influx of people moving here. The new college that’s about to open is a gateway for the youth of Thurrock to expand their horizons.

How do you think other parts of Essex see Thurrock?

A friend once described Grays as a mole on the face of Essex when I moved here. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Thurrock is largely over looked but I feel that very soon Thurrock, with its amazing opportunities, will be a beacon in Essex.

If you could change one thing about the borough, what would it be?

The education standard for Thurrock is one of the lowest in the country, as a parent this is a constant worry to me. I help students every day tutoring them to reach their potential and it’s a shame that the youth of today aren’t being nurtured properly.

What’s the best bit about working in the borough?

The borough is unique in its care for its children. Having previously lived in London, I see more parents in Thurrock who care about the future of their children and communities. The extra-curricular activities and emphasis on education for the youth is what drives this borough forward.

What kind of involvement with the community does the centre have?

The centre is very involved with the community, having children from a range of backgrounds and religions. They all come together in a mutual love for their children and we help them all in their core studies at school and preparing them for any extra exams.

And finally, what role do you think the Gazette plays in the community?

The Gazette ensures I know what’s going on in the area. We liked the coverage of the Thurrock Business Awards which we were a finalist for in this year. It’s a good tool for businesses to interact with the local community. The Gazette also helps bind the community together as it promotes the pride of the borough.

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7:46am Mon 28 Apr 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Most people that have lived in Thurrock for more than a few years will look at this story and say, so what has this got to do with me. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that most people involved in this are recent immigrants to the country, don't speak English and for close knit communities, perhaps we should read ghetto instead.

I would hazard a guess that very few white English people will have a stake in this area in a few years time. It is an experience that many white English people have already experienced in London. Gradually they are alienated in the areas they grew up in and move. This is simply the extension of that into Thurrock and most don't see that as a positive change.
Most people that have lived in Thurrock for more than a few years will look at this story and say, so what has this got to do with me. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that most people involved in this are recent immigrants to the country, don't speak English and for close knit communities, perhaps we should read ghetto instead. I would hazard a guess that very few white English people will have a stake in this area in a few years time. It is an experience that many white English people have already experienced in London. Gradually they are alienated in the areas they grew up in and move. This is simply the extension of that into Thurrock and most don't see that as a positive change. ebagumtrebor
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12:29pm Wed 21 May 14

usrahim says...

Places like these are open to all backgrounds of people.
For some reason, ethnic minorities tend to visit these more open and generally achieve more academically.
"English" people should not feel alienated and try and embrace the change in my opinion.
Places like these are open to all backgrounds of people. For some reason, ethnic minorities tend to visit these more open and generally achieve more academically. "English" people should not feel alienated and try and embrace the change in my opinion. usrahim
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12:05am Thu 22 May 14

Fightbigotry says...

I find it a little short of hilarious, that some people feel "alienated" due to an area being made up of a range of ethnic backgrounds. Why do people feel the need to shrink away and live in an area that is predominantly "white"? This article shows nothing but hard work, dedication, and an eagerness to provide the younger generation with a better shot at their future.
I would kindly like to point out that as a person who knows this couple personally, they are not immigrants but British born citizens who are contributing to this country no less than you are. I would also like to put ur mind at ease by stating that their English is nothing short of immaculate.
Welldone to the couple on achieving such success and providing such an excellent service to the Thurrock community!
I find it a little short of hilarious, that some people feel "alienated" due to an area being made up of a range of ethnic backgrounds. Why do people feel the need to shrink away and live in an area that is predominantly "white"? This article shows nothing but hard work, dedication, and an eagerness to provide the younger generation with a better shot at their future. I would kindly like to point out that as a person who knows this couple personally, they are not immigrants but British born citizens who are contributing to this country no less than you are. I would also like to put ur mind at ease by stating that their English is nothing short of immaculate. Welldone to the couple on achieving such success and providing such an excellent service to the Thurrock community! Fightbigotry
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