The fact that I could also get a grant and loan certainly helped." "I had to go in front of a -style panel with my business plan, and the panel members interviewed me about my business ideas.Later, I was awarded a grant and loan to help pay for initial business start-up tasks such as developing a website and exhibiting at my first trade show.
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Now I supply independent retailers across Europe, including high-street chain Paperchase.
I also export my products to New Zealand." "Previously, I'd completed an arts foundation course at the Falmouth College of Art and Design and then graduated from the Arts Institute in Bournemouth with a BA Hons in Illustration in 2005.
Since 1983 we have supported over 60,000 young people start-up their own businesses.
The Enterprise Programme helps people to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work.
"Early on, I attended The Prince's Trust's four-day business enterprise start-up course in Bristol, which looked at marketing and finance, sales and cash flow forecasting, and the legal aspects of running a business.
"I was then allocated a business mentor, who helped me to improve on my weaknesses.
"Prior to starting my business, I had spells of bad health which left me unemployed for six months.
Then I discovered The Prince's Trust supported young people and helped them get back into work - including self-employment - which was when I realised this was an ideal opportunity to use my illustration and product-design skills. "I approached The Prince's Trust because I knew of no other way to get the support I needed to help me start my business.