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Prince’s Trust helps business to take root
3:30pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A YOUNG tree surgeon made redundant in the spring has started his own business following a little helping hand from a youth charity.
Richard May faced the prospect of joining the thousands of unemployed adults across the country after the business he worked for in Ross-on-Wye, south Herefordshire, folded.
But instead of feeling sorry for himself, the 23-year-old saw it as an opportunity to follow his dream of running his own business.
He approached the Prince’s Trust which gave him training and funding to set-up Arbol Tree Care & Garden Services from his home in Ashperton, near Ledbury.
“I had for the previous two years been collecting all the equipment I could afford,” he said.
“However, I did feel that although I had very supportive parents I would be lacking in some guidance or business help. So I contacted the Prince’s Trust and arranged my first meeting with them, then I took part in their Business Enterprise Scheme.”
Having completed the scheme he then applied for a loan to buy a vehicle suitable for the company, to which the Trust agreed to help Mr May out to the tune of £4,000.
He said the name for his firm came from an unusual source.
“It was my sister who suggested it,” said Mr May.
“She texted me one day saying Arbol is Spanish for tree. The first three letters of the word are also associated with people involved in chainsaw work, who are known as arborists.
“I’ve started advertising and done a couple of quotes. I’m slowly getting customers coming to me.
“I’m so grateful for the help and support I have been given to enable me to start up in business and hope other young people like me could be encouraged to contact the Prince’s Trust.”
The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support to young people, enabling them to move into work, education or training.
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