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Young Welsh Entrepreneurs who Beat Unemployment to Set Up Shop in Cardiff

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Young entrepreneurs supported by youth charity The Prince’s Trust will take over a space in Cardiff’s St David’s Shopping Centre this month (23rd – 26th March) to showcase their businesses to the public. The 20 businesses on show at Unit LG35 include clothing boutiques, a surf school, historical building conservation, a florist and a furniture maker.

All of the entrepreneurs have taken part in The Trust’s Enterprise programme, which provides practical, financial and mentoring support to help unemployed young people set up in business. In the last 10 years, The Prince’s Trust Cymru has helped more than 500 young people to become self-employed in Wales.

Eloise Frampton, from Aberystwyth, recycles disused pallet wood and other materials into furniture. She says, “I’m really hoping to make some sales and get people interested in my products. The pop-up is an excellent chance to showcase my business, Bark Belly Designs, to a wider audience and I’m excited about that potential.”

Rhian Mathias, Head of Enterprise and Employment at The Prince’s Trust Cymru said:

“This year’s pop-up shop is bigger and better than ever. There is a wide range of fantastic, unique businesses on display and we really encourage people to come down to find out more.”

As well visiting the different businesses and meeting the young entrepreneurs behind them, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in free, inspirational workshops on the 23rd and 24th of March. If you would like to find out more or sign up for a workshop, please email [email protected].

Workshop timetable:

Thursday 23rd March – 11:30am – 12:30pm

Turn the Lights On: A positive approach to achieve your goals – Georgina Jones

Thursday 23rd March – 4pm – 5pm

Self-Motivation with Stifyn Parri of MR RPRODUCER

Friday 24th March – 10am – 12pm

Simply Do – Ideas Accelerator – Making Your Ideas Happen – Josh Barnett & Lee Sharma

Friday 24th March – 2pm – 4pm

Big Ideas Wales – Digital Presence – Austin Walters

Currently, more than one in eight young people in Wales (13%) are struggling to find work. The Prince’s Trust is committed to raising the aspirations of young people, helping them into work, and driving social and economic prosperity in Wales. For more information please email [email protected] or call 0800 842 842.

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