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
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.