How to start a Business: The Enterprise programme
Imagine being your own boss: no-one telling
you what to do, choosing your own hours and making your own money.
Your success will be down to you.
This really could be you; you’ve got what
it takes to start your own business, but you might just need
help getting it all started.
We won’t rush you into anything. Our approach
is to guide you, listen to you and support you to make the
decisions that work for you.
We can support you with your business plan,
with training and funding, and you'll meet other people in the same
position as you. We’ll also give you the support of an
experienced business mentor who can
give you advice every step of the way – most of the people we’ve
started up in business say this was the very best thing about our
Our programme is broken into 4 stages – each a
bit more involved than the one before. Want to know more? Find out
more about the Enterprise
We know what we're doing
Since 1976, The Prince's Trust has helped over
80,000 people just like you to realise their dream
of working for themselves through our Enterprise programme - from
beauticians to barbers, digital agencies to dog grooming, and
magicians to maintenance firms.
Need cash? We can support you financially too
We can offer start up business
finance if you decide to start up in business through our
Enterprise programme. We can provide low interest loans of up to
£4,000 for a sole trader and £5000 for a partnership - some people
may be eligible for business grants too. We work with some
well-known industry names to help you secure funding – including
the Start-Up Loans company.
To join us you need to be
- aged 18-30
- living in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
- unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week
- You’ll also need an idea, or some ideas, that you want us to
help you explore. These could relate to your lifestyle, past jobs
you’ve had or your personal experiences.
We’re sorry but won't usually take applications if you
are: a gap year student, a recent graduate (graduated less than six
months ago), have a postgraduate degree (e.g. a Masters). If you’re
not sure if this applies to you, ask us and we’ll advise you.
Make this the first day of the rest of your
life. Contact us
today, or submit your details using
our online form
and your local team will get in touch.
Contact us for more info
If you’re not eligible, please don’t worry: we have a whole
section of downloadable information to help you get started and
we’ve got links to other business start-up organisations who can
Don’t just take it from us
Watch our short film about Lucie Campbell, who set up her own
business with our support.