PSYBTPrince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (UK)
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The PSYBT put me in touch with some of their contacts who provided me with an account instantly.
One year on, business is booming and she's been named as the Glasgow finalist for the PSYBT and Royal Bank of Scotland Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Margaret Gibson of PSYBT said: "We are focused on helping a wide cross-section of young people in Scotland to start up and continue in business, whoever they are and wherever they come from.
As lenders of last resort, PSYBT is the steward of public and private funding from organisations and individuals determined to support those trying to overcome real challenges in pursuit of self-employment.
I contacted PSYBT who gave me a grant of pounds 1000 and a pounds 5000 loan.
They were brilliant and with the help of Gayle, our PSYBT manager, we were able to produce a viable business plan.
Chief executive of PSYBT, Mark Strudwick, said: "The results show the mountain we have to climb in Scotland to create a culture of ambition, success and entrepreneurship.
Today Gordon, now 36, is himself a panel member for PSYBT and helps review new entrepreneurs setting up businesses.
Cash for Kids, PSYBT, Make a Wish Foundation and Young Enterprise Scotland have also benefited.
The PSYBT has agreed to give him a long-term loan from its growth fund for pounds 25,000, but Paul has not touched it yet.
With over 600 volunteers countrywide, either serving on regional funding panels or as Aftercare Advisers, the PSYBT has a comprehensive understanding of business at local level and is able to provide an experienced and capable member of the business community to support a young person through thedevelopment of their own business.
They have great stories to tell and are great examples of where the PSYBT can make a huge difference in people's lives.