Posted on: Tuesday 29th March 2016
Zoe from Dumfries and Galloway
Zoe is a talented singer and ukulele artist from Dumfries and Galloway. She received a Development Award to help get her music business off the ground and buy equipment she needed to help produce her first single. Set for stardom, she has released her debut album ‘Sir Lucas and the Moon’ and her debut single went to No.3 in the Folk Chart (Amazon Download).
Her many live performances have included BBC Radio Scotland, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Wickerman Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Her debut single ’35 Missed Calls’ went to No.3 in the Folk Chart (Amazon download) and was voted No.27 in Dandelion Radio’s Festive Fifty.
Zoe recently performed at a Prince’s Trust VIP Reception at Holyrood Palace and had the opportunity to met His Royal Highness the Duke of Rothesay – and even gave him a copy of her new single!
Tom from Perth
Determined to pursue a career as a commercial pilot, Tom struggled to afford the significant cost of training and a lack of funding options left him feeling disappointed.
After researching different loans and grants, Tom found out about The Prince’s Trust Development Award. He used the grant to buy materials to sit exams for his commercial pilot licence, achieving an average of 96% in the written exams.
From an early age, Tom had dreamed of become a commercial pilot. On his 16th birthday he managed to fly solo then gained his private pilot’s licence aged just 17, becoming Scotland’s youngest pilot.
The Prince’s Trust Development Award, funded by CashBack for Communities, has enabled Tom’s journey to becoming a pilot to take off. Having completed his pilot's licence, he is now working towards securing a job as a pilot for a major airline.
Angus from Dumfries and Galloway
Growing up with autism, Angus from Dumfries and Galloway didn’t want his disability to hold him back. Living on a farm, he had an idea to set up a business selling hens eggs.
What makes Angus’s idea special is that he is using hens which have been rescued and supported by another local business, Homes4Hens. To help get it off the ground, he applied for a Development Award to buy his first 30 hens.
It has proved such a huge success that Angus applied for another grant through The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme to expand the business. Fast forward to today and the eggs are being sold through the family farm and he has a strong customer base with plans to expand in the near future.