Enterprise entrepreneurs Q&A session 

In July, a specialist Q&A took place for Enterprise entrepreneurs in the food industry in London. 

Our incredible panel were all previously and currently supported Prince’s Trust businesses, consisting of a pop up coffee van, recipe boxes now stocked across UK supermarkets, the manager of a popular London street-food market, a baker and an owner of two cafés - one panellist now has a turnover of £4 million.

Over 40 entrepreneurs and mentors attended the evening, asking the panel about their start up journeys, what they would do differently in their first year looking back, as well as general advice about breaking into the industry.

After the Q&A session, entrepreneurs got a chance to network and chat to the panel and specialist food mentors.

It was a great evening for all attendees and a huge thank you to everyone who supported on the night.

Special thanks goes out to Stuart Taylor for being our Chair and to Volunteer Coordinator Alan Kimpton for pulling together the fantastic panellists.

Annual Volunteer Awards

This month the London and South East Team held their annual volunteer awards and recognition event. We had a great turn out of mentors from across Business, Next Steps, Progression and Specialists for networking over drinks and canapés.

Dewi Prichard-Jones and Kieve Brown from the Digital Volunteering team came to share the new Prince's Trust Online system with mentors, who were interested to find out more about how it will fit in with their current volunteering roles.

Hopefully, we also managed to recruit some new E-mentors. Many mentors were keen to find out more about our new Prince's Trust 2018-21 strategy, which will be released next year, and were impressed to hear that young people will be at the centre of any new decision making.

A highlight for most of the guests was hearing from Ayoola, a Young Ambassador who had been through the Enterprise programme. She shared with us how her mentor had given her invaluable support when setting up her hair and beauty business.

We celebrated five of our most outstanding volunteers, handing out awards to Graham Griffiss, Jenny Glenton, Nicola Turhan, Danny Richman and Neville Cohen for their brilliant support of a great number of young people.

The evening was a great excuse to remind all of our volunteers how much we appreciate the hard work they do and the fantastic impact they make on the lives of young people.