the enterprise programme in Scotland

In 2015, The Prince’s Trust combined the Youth Business Scotland and Explore Enterprise programmes to provide a joined up and comprehensive support to young people.

The Enterprise programme supports young people aged 18 to 30 years-old to start-up and grow in business, by providing essential funding and professional mentoring support.

Business start-up support

The Enterprise programme gives practical advice on how to start up a business, how to write a business plan, introductory finance training as well as offering loans of up to £7,500 and grants of up to £1,000.

We work closely with partners across the Enterprise Network in Scotland and facilitate regular Elevator events and awareness raising sessions for young people, offering them a chance to hear from business leaders and an opportunity to sharpen their networking skills.

Explore Enteprise course

We also offer intensive workshops which cover a wide variety of areas relevant to business start-ups.

On the following pages you will find links to hints, tips and activities to help you consider self-employment, to help you build skills which will be useful for self-employment, as well as other opportunities such as employment, volunteering, education or training.

The information is structured around the four day Explore Enterprise Course, which you can take part in if you join the Enterprise programme.

It is worth working your way through each day and then also referring back to each section when you are writing your business plan and beyond.

As you progress through the materials it is a good idea to make a note of areas you would like to build on or improve. You can use a personal development plan (see template below) to record these development areas and the actions you are going to take.

This is a really useful tool to use if you are self-employed as you will be responsible for your own personal development, rather than your manager or boss. If you're already signed up to our Enterprise programme, you can also speak to your Prince's Trust advisor for further support.

Topic covered during the course

What further support with Enterprise provide? 

  • A free business mentor for an additional two years after you’ve received funding from the Enterprise programme
  • Access to events
  • Access to needs-specific training
  • Ongoing support and advice

Exclusive events and networking opportunities

Enterprise runs a networking club with evening events specifically for all our alumni and it’s a great opportunity to:

  • Make new contacts – essential to any new business
  • Get advice from experienced speakers
  • Meet other entrepreneurs and share experiences
  • Do some business

How can I apply?

Availability of the Enterprise programme is subject to local funding restrictions.

To find out whether the programme is running in your area, please call 0800 842 842 for more information, or submit your details using our online form and a member of your local team will get in touch.

Enquiry form