Mappin & Webb and The Princes Trust

Mappin & Webb and The Princes Trust

We are delighted to be a part of the Prince’s Trust once again this year, and are involved in several different ways. We first partnered with The Prince’s Trust in 2013 and have been sponsoring the Young Ambassador of the Year award since then. Having realised their own potential, the Young Ambassadors are now committed to helping others do the same, and Mappin & Webb are delighted to acknowledge their passion and strength of character. We help to give an opportunity to honour the achievements of young people supported by The Trust, by way of providing free courses and tools to live, learn and earn, and we are proud to supply all of the physical awards handed out for the trust’s award ceremony. We design and manufacture all 22 Silver Apprentice Bowls that are given to the winners and finalists – a special product that all silversmith apprentices are able to produce after their training.

We have also been supporting the awards by sponsoring the categories;

•             The Mappin & Webb Young Ambassador of the year national award.

•             The Young Ambassador of the year regional award, for London & Southeast only.

In the past year, the Princes Trust have empowered over 58,000 young people to turn their lives around, including 10,475 in London and the South East. This award series is our opportunity to honour the achievements of these young people who have overcome barriers to achieve greatness. From this, we are involved with crowning the overall regional award, and select from the winners of each area.

Karl Bailey, Senior Manager of Mappin & Webb was on the judging panel for the London and Southeast regional winner for the Mappin & Webb Young Ambassador of the Year Award. The winner of both awards this year was Grace Graham, and her story is so inspiring.  

Grace has had to deal with the trauma of sexual assault, the early death of her father and the murder of her boyfriend. Despite all this, she refused to let it ruin her life. Grace now owns a corporate massage business and has helped raise more than £370,000 for The Trust through her work as a Young Ambassador. She is truly an inspirational young woman, and we are honoured to be recognising her incredible dedication, ambition, and talent.

Grace says about her experiences “My dad passed away when I was 15 which was really hard to deal with, and a few years later I was sexually assaulted which left me feeling vulnerable and I ended up having to leave home for my safety.

During my first year of university my boyfriend was murdered and despite persevering and staying on to graduate, eventually the reality of everything caught up with me and I turned to alcohol to cope.

A few years later I approached The Prince’s Trust with an idea to set up my own corporate massage business. I really believe in the benefits of holistic services and may business, WorkSpa, brings a variety of well-being services to the workplace to reduce employee stress and improve productivity. The Trust supported me when I needed it the most and I wanted to become a Young Ambassador for them so I can support others.

In my role as a Young Ambassador, I have shared my story at numerous events to help promote the work of The Trust and raise money for the charity. I am also a member of the UK2030 Taskforce which is aiming to ensure young people have a stake in society.”

The Prince’s Trust National Final ceremony was held at the London Palladium on Wednesday 13th March. During this event, guests heard from hosts Philip Schofield and Ferne Cotton who spoke briefly about The Prince’s Trust and the work that they do to support 11 to 30-year-olds to fulfil their potential. Each winner was joined by two celebrity presenters and a sponsor representative to receive their Award on stage and had their stories told through a variety of different formats.

The entire award categories were:

  • Breakthrough Award recognises the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and

developing new skills.

  • Educational Achiever Award recognises young people who have overcome barriers, developed new skills and improved their education prospects.
  • Rising Star Award recognises young people who, despite having faced substantial personal obstacles, are in sustainable employment as a result of a Prince’s Trust programme.
  • Young Achiever Award recognises the success of young people getting into employment, training or education and overcoming substantial barriers to transform their lives.
  • Young Ambassador Award recognises young people who are exceptional Young Ambassadors for The Trust, these young people volunteer their time to share their personal experiences and inspire others.
  • Enterprise Award recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or a community or social enterprise.
  • Community Impact Award recognises the positive contribution young people make to their local community.

Celebrities like actor Luke Evans, musician Tinie Tempah, TV and radio presenter Maya Jama, comedian Michael Mcintyre and so many more were on hand to help to present awards, and there was even a special recorded video from Ant and Dec, who usually present the show. Guests were treated to all of this, plus a live performance from singer songwriter Tom Walker. It was truly an uplifting and heart warming event, and one that we are proud to be a part of. `

Last year Karl Bailey presented our award to Tom Rebair, along with Cheryl Cole who has a strong connection with the Princes Trust, and whose status meant that there was huge coverage particularly from a local PR point of view. This year, Karl walked on stage with none other than Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May. May has a long standing relationship with the Princes Trust, and performed at the Princes Trust Rock Gala back in 1988. They presented the award to Grace, along with Prince Charles himself.

The Prince’s Trust is a charity in the United Kingdom founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales to help vulnerable young people get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30 year-old who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. To date the trust has returned £1.4 billion in value to society through their help for disadvantaged young people over the last 10 years alone.

Their free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. They help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation so they can continue to dream big. They partner up with companies who offer Enterprise days, and more, to introduce young people to the workings of business. This is exactly what Mappin & Webb did last month.

In February, Mappin & Webb invited 10 young people to an Enterprise Day, hosting talks and workshops led by a number of key staff members from different areas of the business. The group were given the exciting opportunity to visit Mappin & Webb’s flagship Regent Street store as well as their Hatton Garden Jewellery Workshop.

The talks that were given on the day were from key members in our Learning & Development team, our Visual Merchandising team and our Marketing team. A breadth of knowledge was given to the young entrepreneurs, and included everything from how to get your branding right, how to set up and survive in the digital world, and how to effectively display your products amongst other things. The attendees were given a mixture of documents, shown PowerPoint presentations, and were even given Mappin & Webb literature and collateral to take home, making the event truly immersive.

When asked what the young people really wanted to get out of the day, their responses ranged from ‘Wanting an insight into the luxury market’ ‘Learn about how a luxury brand markets their products and displays them’ ‘How to build a luxury brand both online and in stores’. These requests were helped throughout the day as the attendees were able to listen to knowledgeable individuals as well as have the opportunity to ask them questions and work practically on their business with the given advice.

The jewellery workshop provided them with a huge insight into how not only a luxury jewellery brand works, but how bespoke jewellery is created also. They met with Mark Appleby, who is Mappin & Webb’s Director of Hatton Gardon services and the Crown Jeweller. Mark oversees all of the bespoke pieces made in our workshop, and gives them an official stamp of approval. They also met the rest of the design team, and was shown how to design and create rings via scratch through innovative CAD, and how the jewellery designers and repairers work with such precious materials.

It was a fully enjoyable event for all involved, and there were plenty of conversations and discussions that will hopefully inspire and ignite a spark of ambition and drive into the young entrepreneurs of the future.