How to start a Business: The Enterprise programme

Imagine being your own boss: no-one telling you what to do, choosing your own hours and making your own money. Your success will be down to you.

This really could be you; you’ve got what it takes to start your own business, but you might just need help getting it all started.

We won’t rush you into anything. Our approach is to guide you, listen to you and support you to make the decisions that work for you.

We can support you with your business plan, with training and funding, and you'll meet other people in the same position as you. We’ll also give you the support of an experienced business mentor who can give you advice every step of the way – most of the people we’ve started up in business say this was the very best thing about our programme.

Our programme is broken into 4 stages – each a bit more involved than the one before. Want to know more? Find out more about the Enterprise programme.


Make this the first day of the rest of your life. Contact us today, or submit your details using our online form and your local team will get in touch.

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We know what we're doing

Since 1976, The Prince's Trust has helped over 80,000 people just like you to realise their dream of working for themselves through our Enterprise programme - from beauticians to barbers, digital agencies to dog grooming, and magicians to maintenance firms.

Need cash? We can support you financially too

We can offer start up business finance if you decide to start up in business through our Enterprise programme. We can provide low interest loans of up to £7,500 - some people may be eligible for business grants too. We work with some well-known industry names to help you secure funding – including the Start-Up Loans company.

To join us you need to be

  • aged 18-30
  • living in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week
  • You’ll also need an idea, or some ideas, that you want us to help you explore. These could relate to your lifestyle, past jobs you’ve had or your personal experiences.

We’re sorry but won't usually take applications if you are: in full-time education, a gap year student, a recent graduate (graduated less than six months ago), or if you have a postgraduate degree (e.g. a Masters). If you’re not sure if this applies to you, ask us and we’ll advise you.

If you’re not eligible, please don’t worry: we have a whole section of downloadable information to help you get started and we’ve got links to other business start-up organisations who can help you.

Don’t just take it from us

Watch our short film about Lucie Campbell, who set up her own business with our support.


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Ready to apply?

Interested in applying for one of our programmes? Please fill in our online form and our team will get in touch.

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Start-Up Loans

The Trust will be offering 600 new start-up loans to young entrepreneurs this year, through the Enterprise programme. Find out more. 

Start-Up Loans

What's your idea?

The Prince's Trust helps unemployed young people start their own business.

Anyone can have a business idea. Tell us yours and we could help get it off the ground.

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Supported by RBS

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is the largest corporate supporter of The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme, providing disadvantaged young people with access to funding and mentor support to enable them to start up in business.