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Expanding The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

We’re committing to more than doubling our funding over the next five years – making LDC the leading corporate supporter of young entrepreneurs at The Prince’s Trust.

This commitment will be used to extend our nationwide partnership to provide up to 10,000 young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to start, sustain and grow their own businesses.

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LDC’s support over the last three years has helped The Trust to support young entrepreneurs with the mentorship, guidance and funding to grow and sustain a business idea, through such a challenging time for businesses of every size. I am excited for what we can achieve through this partnership over the course of the next five years.”
Jonathan Townsend, UK Chief Executive
The Prince’s Trust
Princes Trust ambassador
Princes Trust ambassador

Hands on support from the LDC team

LDC employees have also provided hands on support by volunteering for training and mentoring activity – including running a specialist investment workshop to give young entrepreneurs a crash course in funding options. Uniting our team, portfolio companies and business networks behind our vision of a thriving youth enterprise economy.

In October 2021, we took part in The Prince’s Trust’s Brilliant Breakfast campaign, to support young women and champion gender equality in the workplace. LDC hosted a virtual wellbeing breakfast for female employees which was accompanied by a bespoke breakfast box from a business supported by The Prince’s Trust.

Members of the LDC team across the UK have also collectively recorded more than 40 million steps as part of The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Future Steps’ initiative – raising over £17,500 for young people. Future Steps is a 10,000-steps-a-day challenge in the month of February, improving wellbeing and transforming young lives.

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We’ve been helping management teams to achieve their ambitions for more than 40 years. By giving young entrepreneurs the tools they need to get started today, we are supporting the world-class businesses of the future. Our work with The Prince’s Trust aligns perfectly with this mission and our heritage.”
Toby Rougier, Chief Executive

Helping Rochelle celebrate her culture

Rochelle Ayele started working for herself when the hospitality sector closed during the height of the pandemic. With the support of LDC and The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme, she turned her personal passion into a profitable business.

Rochelle went on to launch her self-titled art business – her award-winning artwork celebrates the joy of her culture.

“The Prince’s Trust helped me to understand so many elements of business that I wouldn’t have known if I were starting out alone.”
Rochelle Ayele

Backing Rebecca’s canine ambition

Rebecca Wilshere set up Two Dogs & Co with the support of the Enterprise programme.

Previously Rebecca had struggled with anxiety and depression but her two dogs, Charlie and Eli, helped her through this period and she decided to explore setting up a company to follow her canine passion.

With the help of The Prince’s Trust, Rebecca has turned her idea into a successful sustainable dog accessories business which has just opened its first high street store in Wells, Somerset.

Enterprise Award winner Kayleigh

Kayleigh, who suffers from ADHD and left home during her final year of school, started cooking to escape the challenges of everyday life.

With the help of The Prince’s Trust, Klee’s Kitchen has now moved into a permanent home in Gateshead and employs one full-time member of staff, two full-time apprentices and four delivery drivers.

The business’ progress and Kayleigh’s story earnt her the Enterprise Award at The Prince’s Trust Awards earlier this year.

LDC, The Prince’s Trust & Texthelp

Martin McKay, CEO of previous LDC portfolio company Texthelp, understands first-hand the impact The Prince’s Trust can have on the entrepreneurial ambitions of young people.

He founded his education technology business when he was in his twenties, with support from The Prince’s Trust.

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