Lyn Thompson, who set up Milkwood Publishing in 1996 with support from The Prince’s Trust, recently raised £15,396 for The Trust with her company’s Christmas card collection.
Lyn, from Redruth left the navy in her early twenties and found herself unemployed, with little work experience and two young children to look after. She felt like her chances of getting a job were slim.
When her father saw an advert for The Prince’s Trust business course in her local paper, Lyn decided to sign up. During the following months, she received support from a business mentor and a loan to set up greetings card company Milkwood Publishing. She used her loan to pay for her first print run, a fax machine and a table to work on.
Today, Milkwood Publishing employs 100 members of staff, their cards are sold worldwide and the company’s last annual turnover was £3 million.
Lyn is now a member of the Fellowship of the Prince’s Trust, a collective of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs working to enable The Trust to reach more young people by passing on their experience and expertise - and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.