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Is East Midlands on verge of a youth business boom?

The East Midlands could be on the brink of a "youth business boom" according to the Prince's Trust.

The charity which provides money and support to help young people start up in business say a quarter of the region's youngsters believe they'll be self-employed in the future.

Natalie Needham is one of those who's decided to be her own boss. Phil Brewster has been to meet her.

Prince's Trust helped dyslexic man run business

The Prince's Trust is celebrating 30 years of helping people to start their own businesses.

One of the 80,000 business owners who have been given support by them since 1983 is Clifford Harding from Birmingham.

Clifford is dyslexic and left school with barely any qualifications. He now runs a business called "Tune Times Tables" where he goes into schools to teach children maths through music. He got support to set up the firm from the Prince's Trust.

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"The Prince's Trust changed my life"

One in ten young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life and suffer from stress, a new report has found.

The Prince's Trust Youth Index reveals that young people not in employment, education or training are more than twice as likely to feel unable to cope as their peers.

Emma, a 28-year-old make-up artist from Ripley, Derbyshire says if it was not for the support she received from The Prince's Trust after being diagnosed with depression she thinks her dream of having her own business would have never come to fruition.

Prince's Trust finds more young unemployed people suffer from stress

Emma now runs her own make-up business
Emma now runs her own make-up business Credit: ITV Central

Emma who is 28 and from Ripley in Derbyshire was forced to drop out of college due to illness and as a result never finished her beauty therapy course.

She found work in a bank but after the birth of her child, her partner became violent.

Her domestic situation became intolerable and she started to experience depression.

With support from her friends and family, Emma got back on her feet and started work again.

She was on maternity leave, after having her second child with her new partner and now husband, when she was made redundant.

After 18 months of unemployment, she decided to pursue her passion and started a two-year make-up course.

Once qualified, Emma enrolled on the The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme. That helps young people interested in self-employment or alternative outcomes in education and training.

She is now far more confident and an ambassador for the trust.

One in ten young people in the Midlands 'suffering from stress'

Young people are suffering from stress, the Prince's Trust has said.
Young people are suffering from stress, the Prince's Trust has said. Credit: PA

One in ten young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life and suffer from stress, a new report has found.

The Prince's Trust Youth Index reveals that young people not in employment, education or training are more than twice as likely to feel unable to cope as their peers.

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