How the Prince’s Trust is helping a Sunderland plumber to tap into his potential

David Hughes has started up his own plumbing and heating business with the help of The Prince's Trust.
David Hughes has started up his own plumbing and heating business with the help of The Prince's Trust.
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DAVID Hughes is keeping it in the family, with help from The Prince’s Trust.

David, 22, was given the basics of running his own business on a special course run by the charity.

The Prince’s Trust is calling on aspiring young entrepreneurs to take part in a course to learn about setting up their own business.

“Before I got in touch with The Trust, I was working for a plumbing and heating company but I was overqualified for my position and the company couldn’t afford to keep me on,” he said.

“I was out of work for six months and was applying for every job I could in the plumbing industry, but there were about 30 people going for one job. It was really frustrating and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.

“I decided I to start up on my own. However, despite having the skills and experience in plumbing, I wasn’t sure how to start a business.”

The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme gave David a business mentor who provides him with regular advice on his business plan, book keeping and marketing.

“My sister was given help by The Prince’s Trust and she advised me to get in touch with them,” he said.

“They helped start her business up 14 years ago and it’s still going today.

“The course was fantastic as it’s given me the support I needed to start on my own. It’s boosted my confidence and I now feel I have hope for the future. I would probably still be out there looking for a job if it wasn’t for The Trust.”

Through the Enterprise Programme, David also applied for a £2,000 loan, funded by the February Foundation, to buy essential tools for his business. He is about to buy a van and has already lined up customers for the whole of October when his business D H Plumbing and Heating goes live.

David Laverick, head of the enterprise programme in the North East, said: “The enterprise programme gives vital support to young people across the region who want to be their own boss, but don’t have the knowledge or experience they need.”

The next enterprise course will held at Newcastle’s Royal Station Hotel between September 27 and 30. For more information on how to book, contact The Prince’s Trust on 497 3210.