Alan Limb, of BRI's Southampton Office, has volunteered as a Business Mentor for the Prince's Trust's Enterprise Programme since 2001, supporting a total of 9 young people in starting their own business during that period. Alan put that experience to good use recently when BRI attended a conference in a hotel at Gatwick Airport. His current Mentee is Huxley Hunt who has set up in business as a Magician and who Alan has assisted for the past 12 months. Huxley worked on the BRI stand at the conference, impressing attendees with his close up magic and amazing card tricks. He was also booked by the conference organisers to entertain attendees during drinks before the conference dinner where a larger audience was equally absorbed by Huxley's performance.
The conference organisers suggested that the Prince's Trust should be the nominated charity for the dinner. Alan addressed the 200 attendees, explained more about the Prince's Trust's work and invited those present to make a donation. This resulted in the extremely generous total of £1,538 being collected and Huxley received a round of applause for his efforts throughout the day. Alan said, "I believe that the Prince's Trust is an excellent organisation. It supports young people who haven't had the best start in life and helps them overcome that setback by giving them the skills to find work or start their own business. Being a Volunteer Business Mentor for the Enterprise Programme is extremely rewarding. As my day job involves working with people whose business hasn't succeeded, this experience is useful in helping my Mentees avoid achieving the same result in their businesses. Huxley Hunt is the most impressive Mentee that I have assisted to date. He has been receptive to my input over the past year and his performance at the conference was superb. He received positive feedback from everyone who witnessed his polished performances throughout the day and I'm sure that he will enjoy the success in business that he undoubtedly deserves."