Enterprise programMe

Interested in setting up your own business?

If you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, the Enterprise programme can help you decide whether self-employment is right for you.

Watch our short film about the Enterprise programme to find out more

How it works

The programme can give you:

  • Training to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business
  • One-to-one support to help you to explore and test your idea and turn it into a business plan
  • Support to apply for a low interest loan of up to £4,000 for a sole trader and up to £5,000 for a partnership to help you to start your business*
  • Mentoring to help you develop your business or access other opportunities in education, training, work or volunteering

Who is it for?

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them. It is for people who:

  • Have a business idea they want help to explore
  • Are aged 18-30
  • Are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
  • Live in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland

The following people are not eligible: gap year students, recent graduates (graduated less than six months ago), those with a postgraduate degree (eg a Masters) or a professional qualification.

Find out more

The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme is split in to four main stages: Inspire, Explore, Launch and Boost. Read on to discover more about the programme.


The Prince’s Trust gave me the tools I needed to take the first steps in business, while giving me the advice and support I needed to turn my life around. In the process, they have helped me to become much more confident and I hope to continue expanding the company by taking on larger contracts.- Emma Reilly, owner of a Trust-supported design and production business

*Business start-up funds are dependent on funding available in the region

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Supported by RBS

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is the largest corporate supporter of The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme, providing disadvantaged young people with access to funding and mentor support to enable them to start up in business.

RBS supports The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme

Start-Up Loans

The Trust will be offering 600 new start-up loans to young entrepreneurs this year, through the Enterprise programme. Find out more. 

Start-Up Loans