PRESS RELEASE: New Prince's Trust SW committee to raise £1m in a year

NEW PRINCE’S TRUST SW DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GROUP AIMS TO RAISE OVER £1M IN ONE YEAR Major new targets set to help young people across the South West

A group of leading business people from across the South West have formed a new regional Prince’s Trust Development Committee to help the organisation raise vital funds to support young people in the region.The aim for the South West Development Committee is to raise in excess of £1m in 2016-17 that will go directly toward The Prince’s Trust in the region to enable the vision that every young person should have the chance to succeed.

The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged 13-30 year olds get into jobs, education and training.

The ambitious target coincides with the 40th anniversary of the charity, which was started in 1976 by HM Prince Charles, to help equip young people across the country with resources and skills needed to establish a career and develop business acumen.

Mike Beesley, chief executive of Bristol-based international recruitment organisation Resource Solutions Group (RSG), has been made chairman of the new Development Committee, with chief executive of Bristol Sport Andrew Billingham as his Vice Chair.

Beesley said: “This is an incredibly exciting time to be involved with The Prince’s Trust as this group will be pivotal in helping raise more funds to ensure this amazing organisation is able to help as many aspiring and enterprising young people in the South West as possible.

“The work done already across this area to help vulnerable young people is outstanding but there are many more who simply need a break and access to services and support to help them realise their ambitions. “I’m personally touched by the stories of those who have benefitted from the work of The Prince’s Trust as they touch the lives of young people in ways that are so often overlooked.

“Giving people confidence, belief in themselves and access to other people who have been there and done that and can pass on their knowledge – all these things are incredibly important when you’re setting out in business, but can be very hard to access. The Prince’s Trust puts this at the core of its work, which is inspirational and shows great understanding of the challenges being faced in today’s fast-paced world.”

The money raised by the Committee will help deliver more support to enterprising young people and will focus on providing more resource and skills that are fit for today’s business environment to the areas and people who need them.

Andrew Billingham said: “This is an exciting new group of business leaders that I am proud to be working alongside to help raise these funds, ultimately, to support young entrepreneurs and ambitious young people who want to further their lives.

“So often the obstacles to achieving your aspirations are practical, they take shape in lack of resources or access to technology and advice. But our experience at Bristol Sport has shown us that it is not a lack of enthusiasm, raw talent or intrinsic ability, which young, driven people often have in abundance.

“We look forward to shaping an exciting fundraising programme over the coming 12 months that really puts the future of business-minded individuals from across our region front and centre and hope that many other businesses will come on this journey with us.”

Fundraising for the newly-shaped South West Development Committee starts in earnest with the annual Red Dinner, sponsored by LGT Vestra, that Bristol Sport is hosting at Ashton Gate Stadium and will include programmes that focus on employment, training and business networking.

Russell Knight, Prince’s Trust Senior Head of Outreach, Assessment and Outcomes in the South West, said: “We are delighted to welcome on board such an enthused and passionate group of business people to be a central part of our 40th year.

“The activity will be focused on raising vital funds for our Enterprise Programme in the South West, enabling us to continue delivering positive outcomes for hundreds more young people now and for many years to come.”

Others in the committee include: Andrew Davies, head of South West LGT Vestra; John Milne, head of Preparatory School at Clifton College; Paul Spicer, partner at KMPG; Alastair Currie, owner of Alastair Currie Events; Andrea Cartwright, group HR director at Supergroup; Will Robertson, partner at Osborne Clarke; Mark Mason, chairman of Mubaloo; Tim Lincoln, managing partner at Grant Thornton.



About The Prince’s Trust: Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year it is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

The Prince’s Trust has supported 825,000 young people in the last 40 years and this year it will support over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at or on 0800 842 842.

About RSG: Originally founded in 1975, RSG (Resource Solutions Group) has grown from a single recruitment company based in Bristol into a multi-million pound network of expert recruitment businesses.

Still led by founder Keith Dawe and CEO Mike Beesley, the organisation provides a full breadth of individually tailored and professional recruitment solutions to multi-nationals, household names and SMEs.

Headquarted in Bristol, RSG also has offices in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Cardiff, Southampton, Munich and Dublin.

RSG media contact: Chloe Bines



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