Shirebrook man wins royal award

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A Shirebrook man, who has turned his life around with help from youth charity The Prince’s Trust, has been crowned winner at a royal awards ceremony.

David Taylor (26), won the RBS Enterprise Award at The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards held at The Roundhouse, Derby. The award recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise.

David was diagnosed dyslexic at an early age, and was frequently targeted by bullies in school.

He sought solace in drugs and alcohol, which brought on acute depression and thoughts of suicide. He managed to start a college course in art and design, but his dyslexia prevented him from reaching his potential, and David subsequently drifted through a series of unskilled jobs feeling hopeless.

After struggling to find work. He had the idea of becoming a children’s entertainer so he could escape his situation, offering the community a valuable service while also creating his own job. With renewed hope, he enrolled on The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, a course aimed at young people looking to explore their options in self-employment.

Extensive research revealed a gap in the market for ‘bouncy castle’ hire, and he embarked on his business venture, Jump4Joy, which would soon prove to be a big success.

The Prince’s Trust provided David with considerable guidance, including the creation of his business plan and important advice on the staples of any business, such as accounting and marketing. His business mentor was a source of moral support, and David still calls to discuss his plans and ideas.

Starting with two inflatable castles, David began to expand the enterprise as more possibilities became apparent. He later invested in bigger, better equipment and other items to enhance the entertainment on offer. With the community still in mind, he regularly attends charity events where he charges little or no money.

David (26), is presently looking to open a party shop in Mansfield as a showcase for his services, and though still battling with dyslexia, it does not hold him back. Indeed, with a sustainable, growing business, he has a bright future ahead.

David said: “I am so happy and excited I have won - it was completely unexpected. I can’t thank The Prince’s Trust enough for believing in me and my business.”

Thom Kenrick, Head of Inspiring Enterprise, RBS Group, said: “I’d like to congratulate David on behalf of all at RBS for winning this award. He has shown true entrepreneurial talent and I’d like to wish him all the best for what I imagine will be a very successful future.”

The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards honour the achievements of disadvantaged young people supported by The Trust who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust gives disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job. Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work training or education.