On 13th June, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales attended a reception celebrating the tenth anniversary of our Enterprise Fellowship - a network of the UK's leading entrepreneurs who are committed to supporting and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

The Youth Can Do It event, hosted at Phillips in Mayfair, showcased a range of businesses which have been helped by The Trust’s Enterprise programme. His Royal Highness walked through a marketplace of pop-up stalls meeting young entrepreneurs who have received mentorship, practical guidance and, in some cases, financial support from the charity. Businesses were represented from across the country, spanning the 36 years since the Enterprise programme began, ranging from food and sport to beauty and fashion.

The event was also attended by a number of prominent entrepreneurs who were supported by The Trust, including Ozwald Boateng O.B.E., Founder of Ozwald Boateng, James Somerville, Vice President of Global Design, Coca Cola and Founder of design agency ATTIK, Michael Welch O.B.E., Founder of Blackcircles and Phoebe Gormley, Founder of Saville Row women’s tailor Gormley and Gamble.

One of the young people who met His Royal Highness at the event is Dominique Parlatt, who completed the Enterprise programme and launched two successful businesses; a fitness company, Warriors, and a cosmetics line.

Dominique was a young carer from the age of seven who left school with no qualifications and spent several years in short-term jobs. Dominique said:

Tonight’s event has been incredible; it’s so inspiring to meet entrepreneurs who have built up such innovative and successful businesses, even exceeding their own expectations in some cases. It’s so important to dream big, and that’s exactly what The Trust inspires people to do.

Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust said: “It’s incredible to think that our Enterprise programme has assisted more than 88,000 young people to realise their dream of starting their own businesses over the last thirty six years. Many of the young people we have helped have overcome significant barriers in their lives to get to where they are now.

Find out more about the Enterprise programme, and the Enterprise Fellowship.