Dominique, Derbyshire

After hearing about the Enterprise Programme from someone she knew, Dominique went to her first meeting with her baby in tow.

“At my first meeting with The Prince’s Trust, I took my baby with me who was three months old. The Programme Executive, Genevieve, explained everything to me. I told her I hadn’t had an education and had no qualifications. I knew I had to take any support I could get and Genevieve was amazing. I’d literally just given birth and The Prince’s Trust were so understanding and worked around my commitments.”

“Before I got involved with The Prince’s Trust, I was doing any job I could find. I don’t think there’s a job I haven’t done – I’ve worked in a petrol station, cleaned floors, built websites for people, I even worked as a TV presenter for a while – but none of the jobs were right for me. I was always working, either through agencies or for friends’ businesses but there was a lot of uncertainty about where the next job would come from.”

“It was an awful time of my life. I’d had two failed marriages and had very little self-worth. Having been a young carer from the age of seven, I left school without an education – there wasn’t the respite for young carers like there is now.”

“Before I started the Enterprise Programme, I was dubious about where it would lead to but by the second day my perspective had totally changed and I was excited to start the journey.”

Dominique now runs two businesses. Her main business is a fitness company called Warriors and she also owns a cosmetics company.

“It’s a fitness company that focuses on self-confidence rather than weight-loss. The aim is to get the whole community active. It started off with just nine people taking part, but now, around 700 people take the classes every week. I’ve presented the class in Los Angeles, New York and Belgium.”

“My favourite part of the programme was the marketing day. I’m really passionate about how I can find creative ways to get my ideas out there. You can have the best idea but if you don’t communicate it, then it’s just wasted talent.”

“I don’t know what I’d be doing if I hadn’t received support from The Prince’s Trust. More than anything, The Trust boosted my confidence. I told people via social media that I had been accepted onto the programme and people were really excited about it. These were the same people who had seen the hard times I had been through – I organised my own dad’s funeral when I was 14 and have had times in my life when I’ve felt suicidal – but I’ve come through the other side now. I just thought, if The Prince’s Trust think I’m good enough, then I must be good enough. The confidence and support I got from Genevieve and from my business mentor have helped me get to this point.”

“To those people who have got a business idea but don’t have the support to make it a reality, The Prince’s Trust is the way to go – it’s like an external family where everyone has already gone through what you are about to face. The Trust is very real and they understand what you’re going through. I don’t think there’s another organisation that gives its users what The Trust gives.”

Dominique is now looking forward to the future and to expanding both of her businesses.

“I’m now starting to manufacture my own make-up brushes. I recently re-branded some and they sold out really quickly so I’m looking into manufacturing more and making sure they’re cruelty free. With Warriors, we just won a national award and it’s now going to be rolled out on a national level. I’m also taking the class back to New York in the summer.”

“To someone who is thinking about seeking support from The Prince’s Trust, I would say, don’t hesitate or think about the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. You have to go for it. Thanks to The Prince’s Trust, my life is completely free now.”