Help for young people to start up their own business

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The Prince’s Trust is offering young people in Boston the chance to fulfil their ambitions by starting their own business.

If you are aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week and are looking to go self-employed then The Prince’s Trust could help you.

The Trust will be holding a free four-day Explore Enterprise Workshop course at the Boston Enterprise Centre, Venture House, Enterprise Way, from Monday, February 24, to Thursday, February 27, where practical help and advice and financial support to young people will be available.

“The aim of the event is to support and sustain an entrepreneurial culture amongst young people living in Boston and surrounding area, raising their aspirations and presenting business start-up as a realistic life choice,” said Trudy Roberts of The Prince’s Trust.

“These workshops have been specifically designed for those aged between 18–30 who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours.”

She added: “Working in conjunction with key partners and stakeholders our aim is to provide local support for young people and inspire a new generation of young entrepreneurs here in Boston.”

The Prince’s Trust will be offering new start-up loans to young entrepreneurs after securing funding from the Start-Up Loans Company, an independent body, chaired by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur James Caan.

Adam Stride, 27, whose business is primarily conducted in Boston, has already benefited from the Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise Workshop which was instrumental in him setting up and subsequently running his own PA Hire company specialising in renting sound equipment and lighting sets.

Keen to set up his own business ‘Street Sounds’ provides technician support for events as well as a DJ services in Boston and the surrounding area.

He now has regular work booked providing his expertise to the Boston and Lincoln club scenes and is hoping to develop more links with local venues looking for quality, affordable sound and lighting equipment and DJ services for events conferences and parties in the region.

Adam said: “The Princes Trust has been amazing! Their help throughout has helped me make my dream a reality. Now Street Sounds can really bring sound to light.”

Another successful Boston-area man is Danny Mustill from Sibsey who set up his own stove fitting business, the Lincolnshire Stove Company, last year with help from The Prince’s Trust.

He was proud to be nominated in the New Business category of last year’s Boston Business Awards.

Danny now employs an apprentice in his growing business to help him in the installation of wood burning stoves and log burners.

The Trust’s Enterprise programme was established 30 years ago and helps unemployed and disadvantaged young people to explore entrepreneurial ideas and turn their business plans into reality with a low-interest loan and a mentor.

For more details or to attend the event, email or call 07808 717468.