Noor Kimit (pictured), from Trafford, has been named as a finalist in the ‘Natwest Enterprise Award’ for The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards.

The national awards recognise the achievements of young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life, and had a positive impact on their local community.

The Natwest Enterprise Award celebrates young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise.

30 year old Noor Kimit, who overcame the challenges of dyslexia to set up a thriving business with support from The Prince’s Trust, is one of hundreds of local young people who have been supported by the youth charity in the last year.

Noor grew up with undiagnosed dyslexia, which saw her struggle academically, but still became the diligent and entrepreneurial young woman she is today.

Noor always knew that she had an entrepreneurial side and was determined not to let anything stand in her way of becoming a successful business owner. After taking part in The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme Noor founded Seaworthy Consulting, a recruitment firm specialising in the global marine sector, and is now making waves in what is typically a male dominated industry.

“The Trust’s Enterprise programme helped me to form my idea and provided training and mentoring, looking at everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax.

“As The Trust was aware of my dyslexia, I was also given help to write up policies and contracts, and having my business mentor Michael was the biggest factor in helping me to gain confidence and positivity in growing Seaworthy Consulting.”

Noor’s recruitment firm has continued to do well, even during the COVID19 pandemic, and has been helping those who have lost their jobs in the sector to retrain or find new employment.

“It’s important to me that people realise conditions like dyslexia shouldn’t stop you from running a successful business. With the right support and determination, you can achieve anything.”

The winners of The Prince’s Trust and TKMaxx & Homesense Awards will be announced in early 2021.

Six of the young awards finalists recently joined a virtual panel hosted by Fearne Cotton to talk about their remarkable achievements as well as the challenges facing young people in today’s post-pandemic world. In this video, the panelists talk with Fearne, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, about how their wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic, their coping mechanisms and their hopes for the future.

Speaking about the awards, Louise Greenlees, President, TJX Europe said: “We’re delighted and very proud to continue to partner with The Prince’s Trust to sponsor these awards, and to recognise those young people who, with the help of the Trust, have beaten the odds to turn their lives around. We’re humbled by their achievement and grateful for the opportunity to share in their celebration.

“Since 2013, our partnership with the Prince’s Trust has enabled us to bring over 1000 young people into our stores through the Get Into Retail programme, and over 700 have gone on to find employment with us in TK Maxx and Homesense.

“We believe that the Trust helps to make a huge difference to the lives of young people across the UK, and we are privileged to be able to support them in this work.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust gives young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. The charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion and has supported over one million young people since it was founded in 1976. Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.

If you are a young person who needs help during this time, or if you are looking to support the work of The Prince’s Trust, search ‘Prince’s Trust’ online.