On March 31st Capgemini will be joining HRH The Prince of Wales at the Celebrate Success Awards.
As Platinum Patrons Capgemini are proudly sponsoring the Enterprise Award where 3 finalists have been selected from thousands of young people who have been helped by the Trust over the past year.
The finalists and their stories:
Gina Moffatt - London
Gina has managed to defy staggering odds by setting up a successful floristry business while serving a sentence at HMP Holloway. She had a young family and was worried about what life would be like when she was released. She was determined to turn her life around, find a way to support her children and repay society in the process.
With the help of a loan from The Prince’s Trust, Gina set up Blooming Scent, providing flowers for both Holloway and Pentonville prisons. The company has gone from strength to strength and now has an ever expanding customer base, including Dragon’s Den star James Caan.
Before setting up her company, Gina was struggling to find a purpose in life. Now she not only has a thriving business, but is actively giving something back to society. She is proud to employ other young offenders, teaching them new skills and giving them new hope for the future. Gina is also volunteering for The Trust as a Young Ambassador, telling others about the Business Programme and how it has changed her life.
Louise Firinne - Northern Ireland
Louise was born in Australia and suffered abuse of every kind while growing up. When she was old enough, she managed to escape and fled to Belfast. Things were incredibly tough at first. She was homeless and, as a result of the abuse, had mental and physical ill health.
Louise had lots of potential and wanted to study at university but was unable to get a student loan to afford the course fees. Determined to achieve something, and with a passion for arts and crafts, Louise decided to put her skills to good use.
After getting help from The Prince’s Trust she set up her own business, Simply Rouge, offering corporate and wedding stationery using high quality materials and crafting techniques. Louise has grown her business into an extremely successful and fast-expanding company which was shortlisted in the Barclays’ Trading Places competition as one of the top ten businesses in Northern Ireland.
Lora Leedham - West Midlands
Lora had a tough start in life, growing up in an area where underachieving at school and getting pregnant at a young age often seem the norm. But Lora wanted more out of life.
Lora got a part-time job after leaving school but didn’t enjoy it so she enrolled at college. She quickly learned she’d made poor course choices, so took the initiative and switched to Art and Design. She started to make her own jewellery and found that she loved being creative. Lora felt so inspired that she decided to start up her own jewellery business with help from The Prince’s Trust.
Business is booming. Lora now has her own workshop in the Jewellery Quarter of
Birmingham and has 38 stockists across the UK and Europe. Top magazines such as
Vogue and Cosmopolitan have featured her products and Lora even designed a piece
of jewellery for HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.