“When I was growing up kids were nasty to me just because I was into dance, I got called all sorts of names. Now I want to reach as many young people as possible, no matter where they live, to let them know it is OK to enjoy dance.”

Jamie Fagan, 23 from Omagh, recently set up Urban Motion, a mobile dance company that is bringing hip hop classes to rural locations in Northern Ireland. His aim is to bring these classes to locations where young people don’t usually have the opportunity to take part in hip hop. He is already working in ten locations from Omagh to Armagh, with more classes being added all the time.

Jamie had been planning on launching his business early this year, however the Covid 19 pandemic meant that plans were put on hold as classes had to be cancelled during lockdown. Instead of being deterred, Jamie used this time to work on his business plan and took part in The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme.

Enterprise is a free, three-day programme that covers the basics of setting up a business and provides access to start up finance support if needed. Due to Covid 19 the programme is taking place online.

“My friend did the Enterprise programme and recommended it to me. I had my business plan ready to go but I wanted help with the finance side of things, to get correct advice and make sure I was doing everything right from the start.

“I did the programme in May which helped me to work on the business while we weren’t able to run classes. It was great to get professional advice about the things I wasn’t so sure about, like tax. The Trust were also able to provide me with a small grant that allowed me to buy PPE, a pop-up stand and business cards.

“I officially launched the business in September, it feels great to be earning a living from doing what I love. I’m really grateful to The Prince’s Trust for their support, they reassured me that I will always have someone to lean on which is so important when setting up a business, especially with the way things are at the minute.”