PORTSOKEN Aldermanic election candidate Prem Goyal is banking on his ‘familiar face’ to help him upgrade his office this month. The Bishopsgate representative only secured a seat on the Common Council in the City-wide elections earlier this year, but has already set his sights on...

PORTSOKEN Aldermanic election candidate Prem Goyal is banking on his ‘familiar face’ to help him upgrade his office this month.

The Bishopsgate representative only secured a seat on the Common Council in the City-wide elections earlier this year, but has already set his sights on a more prestigious title as one of the City’s 25 Alderman.

Central to his second campaign inside a calendar year is hitting the streets with the tried and tested ‘meet and greet’ tactic.

It is this strategy, and being the name on everyone’s lips in the build up to the vote, that he hopes will encourage the electorate to put their cross in the box next to his name on 14 December.

“I love the Portsoken community where my friends, staff and I live and work: I’ve lived and worked in the Portsoken area for 18 years,” Mr Goyal explained.

Social mobility tops his hit-list should he secure himself a second seat within the Corporation; a cause that is close to his heart given his own journey from humble beginnings that resulted in him running his own business empire.

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“My story began in Delhi, India, where I grew up the youngest of 11 children. During my summers, I would stay at my sister’s house; her place had no bathroom, no running water and one electric light.

“I remember collecting five buckets of buffalo dung every day, which I’d shape into pancakes, slap on the wall to dry, and use for fuel. Back then I was the local dung collector champion!”

How time has changed the outlook for the dung collecting champion, who has overseen the growth of his successful Global Markets Consultants firm – based in Portsoken – since 2002.

It is his own success in the business world that Mr Goyal is now using as a platform to try and help mobilise other members of the community.

The candidate says he mentors around 20 young people from Portsoken on a one-to-one basis, offering workshops on higher education, careers and jobs to help individuals realise their full potential.

Invitations to the Silent Ceremony and lavish bashes such as the annual Dragon Awards at Mansion House for minority community groups is an additional way in which Mr Goyal is attempting to break down the barriers of society.

After 20 years he hopes to have done enough to win favour among voters, despite stiff competition from his three fellow candidates.

“Portsoken is my home,” said Mr Goyal during his election canvassing.

“I’ve walked on Minories, Mansell Street and Middlesex Street several times every day for 18 years and made lifelong friendships with local business owners and residents on both estates. I will put your interests first every day as your Alderman; I will prioritise Portsoken.”

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