SCOTLAND’s Director of the Prince’s Trust, Allan Watt, made a special visit to Fife this month to acknowledge and recognise the work of the Enterprise programme. Local Prince’s Trust businesses showcased their products to the director in Glenrothes at Business Gateway Fife’s headquarters.
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is aimed at young people aged between 18 and 30 who are unemployed or working part time. Business Gateway Fife fully supports the programme and a dedicated adviser delivers one to one support to all eligible clients.
A selection of the businesses included Dunfermline business woman, Stephanie Arnott of the Willow Jar who presented her organic skincare products. Her unique range of products are specifically designed and produced for the Vegan market. Made solely from natural, organic materials, she has been so successful in her online store that she has secured a feature in three issues of the top Conde Nast brand including publications like Vogue, GQ, Tatler, Brides and House & Garden.
Terian Tilston, a qualified solicitor, took a new turn in her career following the birth of her baby boy. She started up her company, The Little Brown Bear, in November 2016 during her maternity leave when she found it difficult to find suitable soft furnishings and interiors for her own child’s room. She designs unique, stylish and practical products without a hefty price tag. Based in Cupar, she now continues to works as solicitor part-time to allow her business to flourish.
Another successful Princes Trust Fife business is Frazer Reid of FAR Cabinet Makers of Crail, who produces creative and functional wooden furniture and unique hollow wooden surf boards. He even designed the wooden award for the Scottish Surfing Championships.
Marissa Yassen, Princes Trust Senior Enterprise Executive commented: “It was wonderful to give Allan Watt the opportunity to meet with a variety of young successful Fife entrepreneurs, who are at various stages of their business development. In close partnership with Business Gateway Fife, our one to one support, access to funding streams, free courses and events, have allowed these businesses to thrive. This was a small cross-section of the hundreds of talented Princes Trust businesses currently operating throughout Fife and indicates that there is still a large appetite in young people to start a business.”
She added: “Young people face numerous challenges when setting up a business from unemployment, lack of funds and self-esteem. However, the combined support of the Princes Trust and Business Gateway Fife, can make this a reality and change their lives positively for the long term.”
Director of Princes Trust (Scotland), Allan Watt remarked: “It is great to see innovative new businesses supported by the Princes Trust and Business Gateway Fife and see these spirited businesses develop and grow. Also, our Princes Trust volunteers should be thanked for their continued commitment, enthusiasm and invaluable support.”
For more information on the Princes Trust in Fife check out www.businessgatewayfife.com/finance/princes-trust-youth-business-scotland