HRH The Prince of Wales visited a furniture designer’s workshop in Bermondsey, London, to meet design entrepreneurs supported by The Trust's Enterprise programme.

The Prince was joined by Trust ambassador and interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE to hear how the young designers beat unemployment to set up their own businesses with help from the The Prince's Trust.

One of the young entrepreneurs, Damilola Owoseje (Demi), runs her furniture restoration business, Majeurs Chesterfield, from the 800 square foot Bermondsey workshop where the event took place.

The 28-year-old from East London was living in a hostel and unable to find work when she first heard about The Trust's Enterprise programme in 2013.

She was already restoring furniture as a hobby but The Trust helped her to gain the skills and confidence she needed to turn her hobby into a viable business.

Demi launched her business, Majeurs Chesterfield, which specialises in upcycling and restoring leather furniture, in 2013. She now employs two part-time members of staff - one intern and one upholsterer - and is working hard to ensure the business's ongoing success.

She says:

The Prince’s Trust course has been instrumental in helping me get to where I am now. I’ve had an incredible year in business and now employ two part-time members of staff. Being given a business mentor was the best part of the programme.

Trust-supported designers Marc Gaylor, Liz Temperley and Kate Bruce, who runs Katiico, also met The Prince and exhibited their selection of fair trade jewellery, illustrated mugs and handcrafted furniture made from recycled engine parts.

Paul Brown, Director, The Prince’s Trust, says:

“These talented young entrepreneurs prove that, with the right support, is it possible for unemployed young people to set up their own businesses and leave the dole queue behind.

We hope that their stories will inspire other young people to get in touch with The Prince’s Trust and find out how we can help them turn their skills and talents into a successful business.

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Since 1976, The Prince's Trust has helped over 80,000 people 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. Discover more about our Enterprise programme.