The Enterprise Award, sponsored by NatWest, recognises those young people who have overcome serious difficulties in order to achieve success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise. 

Enterprise Award winner - Kyle Chivers

“I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during my GCSE years. I don’t think you can ever get used to the treatment, it completely invades your life. I found it gruelling and debilitating.

“Despite that, I sat my GCSEs and A Levels, and focused on making a career for myself in digital animation, sketching out my business plan on the back of pizza order tickets one summer when I was working at a festival making wood-fired pizzas.

I’d tried various avenues before The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, and although Enterprise was 60 miles away from home, it was very much worth my while going.

“I live in a rurally isolated area and wanted to create Firethought, an accessible animation, video and virtual reality production company that would fill the gap between established regional companies and city-based young visionaries.

“My business mentor, Ian, helped me carve out a niche. Then - using a Prince’s Trust Will it Work grant - I bought 3D photogrammetry software to help diversify my offering and subsequently secured a contract providing accident scene reconstruction services for a law firm.

"Best of all, I’m contributing to the global economy and that makes me very happy.

Our partnership with NatWest

NatWest is a Platinum Patron of The Trust, one of our longest standing partners and the largest corporate supporter of the Enterprise programme, a programme founded to support the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. The partnership continues to support hundreds of young people achieve their goals each year and most recently together we have launched our online Enterprise programme as part of our brand new digital learning platform, Prince’s Trust Online

Our regional Enterprise Award winners

  • Kimberly Graham, winner of our Belfast Enterprise Award 2017
  • Cassie Neil, winner of our Edinburgh Enterprise Award 2017
  • Glen Purves, winner of our Newcastle Enterprise Award 2017
  • Joseph Clark, winner of our Manchester Enterprise Award 2017
  • LJ Flanders, winner of our Norwich Enterprise Award 2017
  • Ross Barr-Hoyland, winner of our Leeds Enterprise Award 2017
  • Sophie Fernandez-Montes, winner of our Birmingham Enterprise Award 2017
  • Charlotte Jones, winner of our London Enterprise Award 2017
  • Kyle Chivers, winner of our Bristol Enterprise Award 2017
  • Alex and Isabelle Wootton, winners of our Cardiff Enterprise Award 2017