Before finding out about The Prince’s Trust, Dominique was just doing any job she could find. She took part in the Enterprise programme and now runs two businesses.
Dominique worked at a petrol station, cleaned floors, built websites for people, even worked as a TV presenter for a while – but none of those jobs were right for her. She was always working, either through agencies or for friends businesses, but there was still that uncertainty about where the next job would come from.
It was a really difficult time in her life. She had two failed marriages and had very little self-worth. Having been a young carer from the age of seven, she left school without an education.
After hearing about the Enterprise programme from a friend, Dominique went along to her first meeting with her baby in tow.
“He was only three months old at the time. When I arrived, the first person I spoke to explained everything to me. I told them I had no education and no qualifications. I’d just given birth and knew I had to take any support I could get.”
She told people on social media that she’d been accepted onto the programme and they were so excited about it. These were the same people who had seen her during the hardest times in my life – organising her dad’s funeral aged 14 and feeling suicidal. She thought if The Prince’s Trust thinks she's good enough, then she must be good enough.
Her favourite part of the programme was the session on marketing. She's really passionate about the creative ways to get her ideas out there. She believes “you can have the best idea in the world but if you don’t communicate it the right way, it can be wasted.”
With the help of The Trust, Dominique now runs two businesses. Her main business is a fitness company called Warriors and she also owns a cosmetics company.
Warriors focus on self-confidence rather than weight loss. The aim is to get the whole community active. It started off with just nine people taking part, but now, around 700 people take our classes every week. She even presented the class in Los Angeles, New York and Brussels.
Dominique is now looking forward to the future and to expanding both of her businesses.
“To those people who have got a business idea but don’t have the support to make it a reality, The Prince’s Trust is the way to go. Don’t hesitate or focus on the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. You have to go for it.”