Entrepreneur Kate Lester, CEO and founder of nationwide network Diamond Logistics, joins The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Network for the South East as a founding member.

The Prince’s Trust is one of the UK’s largest youth support charities. Each year it helps tens of thousands of young people from some of the toughest backgrounds to rediscover hope, build confidence and realise their potential.

The Prince’s Trust programmes, which have been adapted to the needs of young people and society over the years, help young people to get back on track at school, find sustainable work, or start a business. To date, it has supported over a million young people.

Kate, who has won a number of business awards, benefited from The Prince’s Trust’s advice and resources when she started her own company 30 years ago and is eager to return the support.

The work has already begun. In June Kate delivered an inspirational talk and Q&A to a group of aspiring start-ups in the North East. She has also taken part in the Millionaire Makers event in July, an entrepreneurial challenge which raises critical funds for The Prince’s Trust.

Kate, winner of the First Women Award for Entrepreneurship, says: “It’s incredibly important, as difficult as it may feel out there at the minute, to keep inspiring the businesses of the future. Many moons ago I used The Prince’s Trust website to write my first business plans, and now 30+ years later, it is great to be able to make a long-term commitment to support them in the future.”

From providing guidance and advice, to supporting events and opening up new networks and introductions, Kate will play an essential role in helping The Prince’s Trust to transform tens of thousands of lives every year.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Network is an engaged community of entrepreneurs who are passionate about making entrepreneurial ambition a reality for young people. To find out more and how to get involved, click here.

By Alison