Ellis Bancroft faced depression and poverty when the recession forced his employer’s business to close and he lost his job just four days after his son was born
After nearly 18 months being unemployed, the Doncaster man lost confidence that he would ever find something and things were so bad that they were considering a move to his partner’s parents.
Now, though, thanks to help from The Prince’s Trust, the 29-year-old, from Edenthorpe, is putting his qualifications and experience in arboriculture and landscaping to work after setting up his own business.
“When I lost my job, I was crushed. It was something I loved doing and to lose that was awful. I tried so hard to find a job afterwards, as I had a young family to support but there are just no jobs out there in what I am trained in. I really struggled to cope,” said Ellis
After joining The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, Ellis launched his own business, Bancroft & Sons Arboriculture. The company continues to do well, even if bad weather can sometimes hit sales, and Ellis has been able to maintain a steady cash flow by expanding into other related areas, such as a logs and kindling service.
“If I hadn’t got in touch with The Prince’s Trust and set up my own business, I just don’t know where I would be now,” says Ellis, who continues to receive support from a Prince’s Trust business mentor.
“Business is still tough in this economy but we are doing well and I now have money coming in to support my family.”