Member News: 25 Years of The Prince's Trust Scotland

28 November 2017

Member News: 25 Years of The Prince's Trust Scotland

In Glasgow on 19 November The Prince's Trust Scotland marked 25 years of guiding young people into business in Scotland by launching its online 'Enterprise Programme'.  The programme is on track to help 1,500 more young people start businesses or get back into work or into education by the end of March 2018.

The event included the launch of the Trust's new online learning platform, 'PT Online', which will allow young people in every corner of Scotland to receive mentoring training and support.  

One of the young people recently supported to start up a business of his own is Freddie Spindler, founder of ‘retro doughnut’ shop ‘Deadly Donuts’ in Edinburgh.   Freddie, 28, who faced significant issues in his domestic and personal life, including getting in to trouble with the law, drew inspiration from a trip to the United States and on his return realised there was a gap in the market for a doughnut business in Scotland. 

Freddie completed The Princes Trust Enterprise Programme, received financial, marketing, bookkeeping and mentoring support and set up Deadly Donuts in 2015.  Deadly Donuts serves homemade doughnuts and bagels, Scottish-brewed coffee and raw fruit juice from a base in The Meadows, Edinburgh.    

“The Prince’s Trust made me realise how much setting up ‘Deadly Donuts’ was my destiny.  My advice to other young people thinking of setting up their own business is to work hard and talk to people you can trust.  Don’t be afraid to just go for, if you don’t someone else will.” 

Allan Watt, Director, The Princes Trust Scotland, said:

"The Prince’s Trust has been helping young Scots start their own businesses for 25 years and we’re proud that we are now able to help even more of those young people who face the biggest barriers to have the same success and aspirations as Mike and Freddie.  Helping young people with the biggest barriers to set up in business requires sustained effort and investment. Patrons like Mike help to ensure Scotland’s young people get the support they need to turn their lives around and set up in business. With support, we can create a generation of entrepreneurs like Freddie and Mike to secure Scotland’s future economic success."