LONDON, October 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
"Tomorrow's Store" launches on eBay.co.uk with £5 for every purchase donated to The Trust's Enterprise programme, supporting young entrepreneurs who've overcome adversity to launch their own businesses
As Brits gear up for the Christmas season, eBay.co.uk is launching The Prince's Trust's Tomorrow's Store on its global marketplace. Shoppers will be able to buy unique gifts created by 18-30-year-old young entrepreneurs who launched their business with The Prince's Trust. With the store launching Monday, 15th October, £5 for every eBay Tomorrow's Store purchase will benefit even more young people who are looking to for training, mentoring and funding resources to kick-start their businesses.
Products on the Tomorrow's Store, exclusive to eBay.co.uk, include a new scented candle by entrepreneur Serena Francis, which has had a stamp of approval from Gok Wan. Londoner Serena founded her company Melitarose in 2014 whilst on maternity leave. Wanting to use this time to channel her entrepreneurial spirit, she decided to start her own brand with the support of the Prince's Trust. All fragrances are picked by Serena and her mother, with the ethos of the business inspired by her grandmother's family values.
After falling seriously ill with Lyme disease, Faye Savory, another Tomorrow's Store entrepreneur from Sheffield, utilised the resources of the Enterprise programme to found Bearhugs, a social enterprise that delivers 'hug in a box' gift hampers. BearHugs has won a number of awards including the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award and Prince's Trust NatWest Enterprise Award. Every BearHugs gift box is filled with comforting, uplifting UK-made treats and reveals two outstretched paws on opening.
The store will also feature sterling silver jewellery and wish string bracelets from With Love Beckie, made by Beckie Eustace, from Liverpool. After being made redundant, Beckie turned to The Prince's Trust and with the charity's support, was able to successfully achieve her goals through the Enterprise programme.
Since 1983, the Prince's Trust has helped over 80,000 young people to start their own business, and through the Tomorrow's Store on ebay.co.uk just £10 could teach a young person how to manage their money with a day-long budgeting session. Christmas shoppers can embrace the generosity of the holiday season through gifts that not only will delight their recipient, but also help the UK's entrepreneurs of the future.
Rob Hattrell, Vice President of eBay UK said: "We're so excited to support the brilliant Prince's Trust. The UK is powered by small businesses and we want to give the next generation as much support as we can. Through the Tomorrow's Store, customers can make a difference to the lives of budding entrepreneurs with every purchase they make, whether it's big or small."
Tara Leathers, Deputy CEO and Director of Income and Innovation at The Prince's Trust, said: "eBay UK shares our passion for supporting young entrepreneurs and we're excited that this partnership will enable us to help even more young people to get their business ideas off the ground."
Visit the Tomorrow's Store: ebay.co.uk/tomorrowstore
About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity harnesses the power of eBay's 175 million community members to raise money for charitable organizations. Through the programme charities can sell items or experiences to boost their fundraising, sellers can donate a percentage of their proceeds to a charity of their choice, while buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. In 2017 eBay for Charity UK raised £27 million and to date it has raised £110 million for UK charities.
About The Prince's Trust
Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity 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 Trust has helped over 900,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day.
Further information about The Prince's Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on +44-0800-842-842