The Prince’s Trust ‘Million Makers’ is a national competition, challenging teams of employees and university students to come together and raise £1 million for the Prince’s Trust and make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK.
Million Makers teams pitch their business plans to a Dragons’ Den style panel, in order to secure an initial investment from the Prince’s Trust.
Teams from companies and organisations across the UK then implement and promote their own mini enterprise. Aspiring Million Makers entrepreneurs must work together to turn seed funding into profit for the Prince’s Trust over the course of six months, competing against each other to run the most profitable mini enterprise.
My involvement with the Prince’s Trust as a Young Ambassador and success story of the Business Enterprise programme, means that I get to meet a lot of people that support the charity through their fundraising ideas.
In the past year I have been to many Prince’s Trust events organised by Million Makers teams. One company I have presented to are Ernst & Young, who have raised huge sums for the charity.
This week Ernst & Young have been in touch with me again, quite randomly, as they have been on the lookout for Prince’s Trust funded businesses who have Christmas products to sell. Their plan is to sell these products in their next fundraising event, they’ve called ‘Grab-a-Grand’.
‘Grab-a-Grand’ is going to take place in several busy locations across London on Friday 25th November, where the Ernst & Young staff will be setting up Apprentice-style stalls selling a selection of my Christmas cards and some delicious Christmas cake, all in an effort to raise £1000 in a day for the Prince’s Trust.
|One of my Christmas cards just right for the occasion.|
From what I have heard so far it is going to be a really buzzing event which I am thrilled to be a part of. It is a privilege to have been selected due to my connection with the Prince’s Trust and also for the quality of my products! For such a large company to be invested and excited about what I design and create, and for them to be so enthusiastic about selling my cards, it’s a wonderful endorsement for what I do.
I am hoping to visit all of the locations on the day (yet to be confirmed) and take lots of photographs documenting the event. This is such an exciting opportunity because it means that my products will be on sale at some great locations. At present, the locations in the plan are Charing Cross, Kings Cross, Waterloo and London Bridge stations, near to Canary Wharf tube station, Leadenhall Market, Covent Garden, Westfield-Stratford, and even possibly Selfridges/Harrods.
|Leadenhall Market – Often used by Lord Sugar’s Apprentices.|
I’m not very good at travelling around in London, so I am hoping perhaps to have a close friend/relative to keep me company throughout the day, and it will be someone to also enjoy sharing the buzz with.
We are hoping for some great PR for the event. We want to generate more awareness of the young people and entrepreneurs that the Prince’s Trust can only support with help from people like the Million Makers.
So, I will keep you updated on the final date and locations, and you may even spot me serving out the pudding!