Prince’s Trust produces budding dragons

Business / Wed 2nd Oct 2013 at 07:52am

DRAGON’S Den could soon be seeing a few new faces appearing as The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme saw a successful end to its first course in Harlow, with nine enthusiastic young entrepreneurs graduating.

The free course, aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds who are either unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week, has provided invaluable training for young people looking to explore self-employment or going into business. Following successful completion of the course aspiring entrepreneurs will also be offered mentoring and potential access to finance taking them on the next steps to setting up in business.

Harlow Council worked closely with The Prince’s Trust to enable delivery of the course, which has successfully helped its nine graduates to explore their business ideas and help prepare them for setting up in business.

Ideas included the design and production of garden tools, a cleaning company, app development and a clothing boutique to name but a few. The course was a great success with the young people now moving forward to form a Young People’s Enterprise Network, supported by the Council’s Regeneration Team.

Course participant Marc Moore said of the programme: “I found the course really informative; I came into it not really knowing about all the steps it takes to start up a business and found it to be really helpful.

“I can now put everything I’ve learnt about market research, setting price points and comparing with the competition into action.”

Lisa Coomes, another of the programme’s graduates, said: “The course made everyone feel positive and enthusiastic about starting up a business and provided us with plenty of networking opportunities; the group were all supportive of each other too which was a big help.

“I am more confident about starting up my own business, as I now fully understand the legal side of it, can write a full business plan and have a better idea about sales and marketing,” while Teresa, who is looking to open a clothing boutique, added: “The programme covered every significant step of starting up a business.”

Councillor Tony Durcan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Resources and Enterprise, said: “The success of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is hugely encouraging; it shows that the young people of Harlow are aspirational, want to get ahead, have exciting business ideas and want to learn how to put them into action.

“As a community leader, Harlow Council is involved in providing support to people looking to set up business locally, and The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme has been an excellent way of doing that.”

A second Prince’s Trust course focused on potential young market traders will take place in November 2013. For more information please visit www.harlow.gov.uk/enterprise-programme or contact David Sellings, Economic Development Officer, on (01279) 446487. Alternatively please email [email protected]

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