Young entrepreneurs supported by us will set up shop in Cardiff’s St David’s this month (23rd – 26th March) to showcase their businesses to the public.

The 20 businesses on show at Unit LG35 in the Cardiff Shopping Centre include clothing boutiques, a surf school, historical building conservation, a florist and a furniture maker.

All of the entrepreneurs have taken part in our Enterprise programme, which provides practical, financial and mentoring support to help unemployed young people set up in business. Thanks to our fantastic supporters including the Welsh Government, The Queen's Trust, WEFO, NatWest, Nick Wheeler and the Waterloo Foundation, we have helped more than 500 young people to become self-employed in Wales in the last 10 years.

Eloise Frampton, from Aberystwyth, recycles disused pallet wood and other materials into furniture. She says,

I’m really hoping to make some sales and get people interested in my products. The pop-up is an excellent chance to showcase my business, Bark Belly Designs, to a wider audience and I’m excited about that potential.

Rhian Mathias, Head of Enterprise and Employment at The Prince’s Trust Cymru said,

This year’s pop-up shop is bigger and better than ever. There is a wide range of fantastic, unique businesses on display and we really encourage people to come down to find out more.

As well visiting the different businesses and meeting the young entrepreneurs behind them, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in free, inspirational workshops on the 23rd and 24th of March. Please see the timetable below and if you would like to find out more or sign up for a workshop, please email

Workshop timetable:

Thursday 23rd March - 11:30am – 12:30pm

Turn the Lights On: A positive approach to achieve your goals - Georgina Jones

Thursday 23rd March – 4pm – 5pm

Self-Motivation with Stifyn Parri of MR RPRODUCER

Friday 24th March – 10am – 12pm

Simply Do - Ideas Accelerator - Making Your Ideas Happen – Josh Barnett & Lee Sharma

Friday 24th March - 2pm – 4pm

Big Ideas Wales - Digital Presence - Austin Walters

We are extremely grateful to the businesses and organisations that have made this year’s pop-up shop possible. This includes St Davids Shopping Centre, Land Securities, Bartholomew Hawkins Chartered Financial Planners, Wonder, FES Ltd, White Engineering and Surveying Ltd, Acuity Legal, Hicks Logistics and Pro Steel Engineering.

Currently, more than one in eight young people in Wales (13%) are struggling to find work. We are committed to raising the aspirations of our young people, helping them into work, and driving social and economic prosperity in Wales. Please get in touch to find out how you can inspire young lives. If you’re interested in working with us in Wales, please email or call 0800 842 842.

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