A former Warrington Wolves player turned entrepreneur has pledged to help young people get started in business through his new role as an Inspirational Speaker for The Prince’s Trust.
Twelve years ago, Jamie Boyd, from Great Sankey, experienced a career-ending knee injury at the age of 24 and, reluctantly, had to hang up his rugby boots for good – having played for both Wolves and Crosfields. Faced with the stark reality of finding a new calling, but with no money in the bank to start afresh, there was one organisation who offered him a lifeline: The Prince’s Trust.
A youth charity founded by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales in 1976 – with a mission to help people aged 11 to 30 get jobs, education and training – The Prince’s Trust loaned Jamie £3,000 to get his same day courier business, Today Team, off the ground.
Fast forward to today, and Jamie’s business – based at Risley – has a seven-figure annual turnover and a first-class reputation across the North West.
“It was Henry Ford who said: ‘Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right’,” explains Jamie, who is a former student at St Gregory’s High School and Priestley College.
“I am a big believer in the power of inspiring words, so I was delighted to accept the Trust’s kind invitation to speak to young people on the first day of each new business course.”
Jamie, who is also a Non-Executive Director for Warrington Disability Partnership’s Disability Trading Company (DTC), delivers a talk which is a ‘warts and all’ account of the highs and lows of being self-employed, as well as an insight into what motivates him.
Looking ahead to future rounds of the Programme, Jamie said: “If I can help young people get started in life, then I’m all for it. I was incredibly fortunate to have a helping hand from the Trust when all other doors had been closed to me; repaying that debt of gratitude in some small way is the least I can do.”
For more details on The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme for 18 to 30-year-olds, visit https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business