The Prince’s Trust (TPT) is one of the UK’s largest youth support charities. Each year they help tens of thousands of young people from some of the toughest backgrounds to rediscover hope, build confidence and realise their potential.
Entrepreneur Kate Lester, CEO and founder of nationwide network Diamond Logistics – who benefited from business resources supplied by TPT when she started her own company 30 years ago – joins as founding member of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Network for the South East.
The Prince’s Trust programmes, which have been adapted to the needs of young people and society over the years, help young people to get back on track at school, find sustainable work, or start a business. To date, it has supported over a million young people.
Every year, The Prince’s Trust needs to raise the vital funds that enable them to carry out their work. At the heart of this effort are the giving groups which includes the Enterprise Network.
From providing guidance and advice, to supporting events and opening up new networks and introductions, Kate will play an essential role in helping TPT to transform tens of thousands of lives every year.
The work has already begun. In June 2021 Kate delivered an inspirational talk and Q&A to a group of aspiring start-ups in the North East. She also took part in the Millionaire Makers event in July, an entrepreneurial challenge which raises critical funds for TPT.
Kate, winner of the First Women Award for Entrepreneurship, says: “It’s incredibly important, as difficult as it may feel out there at the minute, to keep inspiring the businesses of the future. Many moons ago I used The Prince’s Trust website to write my first business plans, and now 30+ years later, it is great to be able to make a long term commitment to support them in the future.”
Dominique Parlatt found success with help from The Prince’s Trust
Dominique Parlatt worked at a petrol station, cleaned floors, built websites for people, even worked as a TV presenter for a while – but none of those jobs were right for her. She was always working, either through agencies or for friends businesses, but there was still that uncertainty about where the next job would come from.
It was a difficult time in her life. She had two failed marriages and very little self-worth. Having been a young carer from the age of seven, she left school without an education.
After hearing about the Enterprise programme from a friend, Dominique went along to her first meeting with her baby in tow.
With the help of The Trust, Dominique now runs two businesses. Her main business is a fitness company called Warriors and she also owns a cosmetics company.
Kate, also once a young parent bringing children along to business meetings, and a successful entrepreneur for 30 years, is well placed to support aspiring entrepreneurs like Dominique.
What can Kate Lester bring to The Prince’s Trust?
Kate is winner of the First Women Award for Entrepreneurship, Ruban d’honneur in the European Business Awards, and in 2018 was awarded the Services to Industry Award by the Institute of Couriers (IoC) (first woman to do so). Diamond Logistics won National Champion at the European Business Awards, Fast Track 100, FT 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing companies, and the FT Future 100 as well as many local awards in the South East.
By demonstrating flexibility and adaptability, Kate has cultivated a business accessible to women, boasting a senior team that’s 50% female – a rare ratio in the male dominated logistics profession.
Kate’s also a writer with two books to her name: Stop Reading Self Help Books and The Manicured Fist, due out in 2022. In her spare time she volunteers mentoring start-ups and speaks widely on leadership and personal development.
If you’d like to receive more information on how you can get involved with the Enterprise Network then contact Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org
Or get in touch with Hannah Brewer of the Prince’s Trust on 0800 842 842.