Young people have been showing off their own businesses after being supported by the Prince’s Trust. PHOTOS: Bethany Pridding

A popular shopping centre in Lincoln has played host to a variety of young entrepreneurs, all of whom have been supported by leading children’s charity, The Prince’s Trust.

The Prince’s Trust teamed up with the Waterside Shopping Centre to host a special day of trading to celebrate the successes of local start-up businesses on Friday, October 21.

The all-day event included businesses that had been helped by the Trust, including Flisher Photography, Motacilla Design and Branding,  The Soap Box, and Street Panda Clothing.

John Holliday, Enterprise Executive at the Trust, said: “We are running this event to showcase some of our young business starts, so there are young people that we have helped – aged between 18 and 30.

“They were either unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, so we’ve helped them to start their businesses.

“We really wanted to showcase some of the wonderful products that they make or that they sell.”

The Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and was celebrated in a special ITV programme hosted by Ant and Dec called When Ant and Dec met the Prince: 40 years of the Prince’s Trust.

Since being launched by Prince Charles in 1976, the charity has helped almost one million disadvantaged young people take control of their lives, and has created 125,000 young entrepreneurs.

Soap maker at the Soap Box, Debbie Kimpton, decided she wanted to start her own business after becoming a first time mum.

She said: “I just love it. I left my 60 hour job because I wanted to be a mum. I absolutely love Lush so my partner asked why don’t I make soaps, and it’s just really nice to do.

“From going to 60 hours to nothing, I went a little bit doolally. Having my own business gives me the chance to keep myself occupied and make a bit more money as well as being a mum.”

Street Panda Clothing is another local business that has been set up with help from the trust.

The day was deemed to be a success by organisers, as John Holliday added: “It was a great success and it’s really helped to raise the profile of the Prince’s Trust in Lincoln.

“There were plenty of people that came along to the day so it was really good to raise awareness and it was good for the business owners.

“We’re very grateful to the Waterside for hosting us on Friday, as it really has helped us to get our name out there, and hopefully have more people come to our business workshops.”

The business owners shared their advice of how to start a successful business.

Luke Flisher of Flisher Photography said: “The biggest thing of is don’t listen to everyone. It’s really difficult because you can get disheartened and you can also find that too much information can put you off.

“It took me a little while, but eventually I just went for it and it was the best thing I’ve done.”

While Street Panda Clothing founder, Max Sander, thought gathering a team is the most important thing to do.

“Get a good little team together to do it – the hardest part is marketing it, so having someone by your side to help you market it is amazing.

“I really think it would help anyone else starting up a business.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the Enterprise Programme with the Prince’s Trust can visit their website or call the Lincoln office on 01522 808518 for more information.

 

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