“Understandably, as we are all in lockdown, lots of things have been cancelled. I was fully booked right through to December, but I’ve had to temporarily stop trading. It’s a bit of a blow, but it’s important for everyone to keep safe. 

“On the positive side, I’ve been able to concentrate on my digital marketing by creating videos for my business’ YouTube channel. I’m also trying to keep customer retention and improve wellbeing by sending birthday cards to children who have had their parties cancelled. 

Although it’s tough for everyone right now I do feel positive and even have plans to potentially explore my own online face painting tutorial course. I’m sure the new Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund will help many businesses like mine to adapt or keep going during this difficult time, which is greatly welcomed."

To get to this point, Milly benefitted from two sources of support from The Prince’s Trust over the past three years: mentoring and financial assistance. 

“I got in touch with The Trust’s short Enterprise programme in Hull, after trying to launch independently, and started to create a business plan. After that I was introduced to my mentor, Mike. It makes such a difference to have someone that you can gain advice from or to run ideas by.

“The Trust also supported me financially so that I could get Fantastic Faces off the ground. If you had told me three years ago that I would be painting for some of the largest organisations in the region, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yes, it’s a difficult time. But I feel that we can get through this together.”