Dr Stephen Fear is an English entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and author with over 40 years international business experience. Today Fear has an established property empire and interests in a number of industries, including green technology, hotels, residential care and manufacturing.
Often referred to as ‘The Phonebox Millionaire’, Fear is also notable for having been Entrepreneur in Residence and Ambassador at the British Library from 2012 - 2016, a position formerly held by the late Dame Anita Roddick.
Bristol-born Fear first went into business at the age 15 after reading an article in the Financial Times that would affect the way industrial ovens were cleaned. He used a red phone-box on the council estate where he grew up and persuaded an American firm to send him its product for him to sell in the UK. Before he knew it, he was trading with a number or large industrial companies under the brand ‘Easy Clean’. Four years later, Fear sold his first business for £100,000 and invested the money in property.
Now he is Chairman and Founder of Fear Group, an international organisation he runs with his son, Leon Fear. Fear Group has interests in strategic land promotion, international property development and investment.
In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of the West of England for his continued services to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship over the past 40 years. Recently, Fear received a lifetime achievement award presented by The Bristol Post and was a member of the Bristol Education and Skills Commission.
In addition, Fear is a recognised author and regular contributor to a number of UK and international media commenting on a range of business, social and political issues.
Fear combines a successful business career with his philanthropic interests. He is a Patron of Lucy Air Ambulance for Children. They are a registered charity that is dedicated to delivering air transfers for seriously ill babies and children in the UK. They provide elective (planned) medical air transport between local hospitals and specialist critical care units. The service is provided at no cost to the families of the children involved. Fear is a former patron of Heropreneurs, which supports and advises Armed Services personnel and their spouses who want to set up their own businesses after leaving the armed forces, and Emmaus - a charity aiming to alleviate homelessness.