Noor Kimit,31,from Trafford was celebrated at a star-studded virtual awards ceremony yesterday (10th March 2021) after setting up a successful recruitment firm specialising in the global marine sector, which has gone from strength-to-strength.
She won the prestigious NatWest Enterprise Award, which recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise, at the ceremony hosted by Ant and Dec, which also featured appearances by celebrities including Dame Helen Mirren, Idris Elba, Alesha Dixon, Holly Willoughby, and Philip Schofield.
The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards recognise young people who have turned their life around, succeeded against the odds, and had a positive impact on their local community.
Congratulating the young people on their well-deserved awards, this year’s winners received a very special video message from Founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales.
In the pre-recorded video message, Founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales said: “I would like to send my most heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, each of you has inspired us with your determination, your incredible spirit and your commitment to working towards a truly positive future.”
Noor had always known she had an entrepreneurial side. she was diagnosed with dyslexia later on in life, which meant she struggled academically while at school. During her Arts degree at university, Noor started her first small business selling fashion and jewellery. Upon graduation, while working at a recruitment agency, she thought about setting up a business full time and decided to contact The Prince’s Trust where she joined its Enterprise programme. Fast forward and Noor is now the proud owner of Seaworthy Consulting; a recruitment firm specialising in the global marine sector, working with more than 80 companies worldwide.
After being presented with the NatWest Enterprise Award, Noor said: “I’m so proud to have won the NatWest Enterprise Award from The Prince’s Trust. I’ve worked so hard since launching Seaworthy Consulting in 2017 and we now work with 82 clients worldwide. Winning really shows how far the business has come and the journey we have been on. The support I have had from The Prince’s Trust and its mentors has been incredible. In fact, it’s hard to believe that I once doubted that I could run a successful business at all, due to my dyslexia. It’s so important to know that you can. To other young people who may feel the same way, follow your passion and know the right support is out there.”
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise and Climate Engagement at NatWest, said: “We’re delighted to once again sponsor The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Award, recognising young people who have overcome significant challenges to achieve success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise. Noor is one of those young people we celebrate today. It is great to see her business thrive with such purpose during this difficult time, helping to support so many people back into employment too – a truly deserving winner!”
Prince’s Trust Ambassador Deborah Meaden surprised Noor with the award and said: “It really is remarkable to see what Noor has gone on to achieve since setting up Seaworthy Consulting. With just a little support from The Trust, and the practical business knowledge and skills from its Enterprise programme, it’s hugely inspiring to see her now working with over 80 companies worldwide. The future is bright! Congratulations Noor!”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people aged 11 to 30 who are unemployed or struggling in their education to transform their lives by supporting them to realise their potential.
The Trust’s practical courses, together with the assistance of its youth support workers and mentors, equip young people with the confidence and skills they need to move into work, training and education.
TK Maxx and Homesense have been a partner of The Prince’s Trust since 2013 and are one of The Trust’s largest delivery partners of the Get into Retail programme. This is a two-to-six-week course that develops young people’s skills in the retail sector and supports them into positive outcomes in retail. Since the partnership began, over 70% of young people who have taken the course went on to full time employment at TK Maxx or Homesense.