A FEW years ago Doncaster lass Rebecca Taylor was homeless and jobless.
Now life couldn’t be more different for the young entrepreneur who has just been chosen by Liz Earle Beauty Co to create a beauty product after beating unemployment with help from a youth charity.
The Tomorrow campaign will see six Prince’s Trust-supported young people paired with established industry leaders to create products that will be retailed nationwide to raise funds for the charity.
Liz Earle MBE will mentor 26-year-old Rebecca Taylor and together they will develop a beauty product for Liz Earle Beauty Co that will be on sale later this year.
Other established talent taking part in The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow campaign include designers Wayne Hemingway, Zandra Rhodes and Kelly Hoppen, food writer and chef, Gizzi Erskine, and internationally renowned photographer Rankin.
Together they will celebrate British talent, champion young people as the industry leaders of tomorrow and inspire the next generation at a time when more than a million young people are out of work.
Rebecca will also appear in a national Tomorrow advertising campaign with pictures taken by photographer to the stars, Rankin, whose commissions have included The Queen.
Before getting help from the Trust, Rebecca struggled at school and left aged 15 with no qualifications.
She scraped through a beauty course and moved from job to job, not knowing what direction to go in and was made redundant from a large department store.
Rebecca lost not only her job but her home and resorted to staying on her grandma’s sofa while carrying her first baby.
But against all the odds, the single mum bounced back and shortly after giving birth to her son, Harry, she approached The Prince’s Trust, which gave Rebecca a loan and a grant which saw her go from being a homeless in September 2008 to the owner of the Original Lash and Nail bar in Doncaster.
Business is booming and Rebecca now employs eight local women.
She recently opened a store in York and has also been approached by a major department store to open concessions at its outlets.
Rebecca also visits local schools to share her knowledge of starting a business and also invites Outreach students, who have had trouble at school or had a difficult upbringing, to come into her salon for work-based learning lessons.
She said: “The Prince’s Trust really helped me when I was down and I can’t thank them enough. I feel it’s important for me to now pass my knowledge on to other young people who were in a similar position to me.
“I am so excited to be involved with the Tomorrow campaign. Working with Liz Earle herself and her talented team will be such a development opportunity for me.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in and learn about how to create a fantastic beauty product and bring it to market. Most importantly, the product will help to raise money for the very charity that took a chance on me and helped me to realise my dream of becoming self-employed.”
Liz Earle said: “Liz Earle Beauty Co has grown over the years by training young people and bringing new people into the business – so this is a natural campaign for us to get involved with.
“Rebecca has a great business that we think we can help and I think she’s going to be a great investment both in time and energy. She’s also talking about who she can mentor in the future so you can see the long-term beneficial impact of the campaign.
“To be surrounded by creative, talented young people is very uplifting and I hope we get a sense of that with the Tomorrow campaign that others will relate to and want to join to help build a better, brighter future for us all.”