The launch of The Prince's Trust Business Programme in Wales
Following the donation of £1,000,000 from the Peter Cruddas Foundation to support The Prince's Trust Business Programme in Wales, the launch took place at the Llanhilleth Miners' Institute in Blaenau Gwent, on 23rd October 2008 by the President of The Prince's Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales.
The venue was chosen in conjunction with Clarence House and coincided with the official re-opening of the Institute as a resource for the local community.
HRH arrived with Prince’s Trust guests in the Main Hall of the Institute and met 6 businesses recently established by The Trust in Wales and 2 who were set up several years ago before the original programme had to close. HRH also met 5 volunteers who are mentors to the young people, some also sit on the Panel which decides on grants for the Programme.
Since April 2008, the Business Programme in Wales has supported 31 young people with loans and has given 18 test marketing grants. In addition, we have given advice and signposting services to a further 405 young people who contacted us for support.
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James Cole, www.coleyguitars.co.uk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire
James had struggled to overcome social problems such as intense shyness and this had implications on his health. He started to produce electric guitars as a hobby, using premium components to produce a better quality guitar than a mass manufactured product. With support from The Trust, the hobby became a business, which in turn increased his self esteem and therefore his health.
Kerrie Denning, www.kerriejames.co.uk, Llanelli
Kerrie suffered from low self esteem and had become depressed which was resulting in self harming. However, a family member recognised her talent for art, Kerrie would work on her own creative pieces as an expression of her depression. With support from The Trust, Kerrie has now gone on to start her own business in creative services of affordable art commissioned pieces. This includes pyrography (wood burning) , personalised wedding stationery and cross stitch pictures.
Heledd Jones, www.adrahome.com, Ammanford
Heledd is from Ammanford, a rurally isolated area of Carmarthenshire with poor public transport links, unemployment is high with little prospects of change in the near future. Heledd is a first language welsh speaker and recognised a gap in the market for welsh language goods. She now designs, manufactures and sells greeting cards, craft gifts, children’s soft toys and other gift ideas featuring welsh language messages.
Geraint James, Swansea
Photographer specialising in portraits and clubs. Geraint has been trying to get into commercial photography but had been unemployed for two years. The Prince's Trust supported him with the purchase of developing equipment and business advice on setting up a website.
For more information on the general work please visit www.princes-trust.org.uk