Posted on Thursday 14 October 2010 by Ulster Business

Ulster Business has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to find Northern Ireland’s leading Million Makers.

Million Makers is a fundraising initiative with a difference - teams of employees are tasked with converting a £1,500 investment into at least £10,000 in just six months. Once established, the teams will have to pitch their business plans to a Dragon’s Den style panel in order to secure their seed funding. When their plans are approved, the teams have six months to implement and promote their own mini enterprise. Million Makers provides the opportunity for employees to develop many transferable skills such as leadership, motivation and decision making. It offers companies the opportunity to engage, inspire and motivate employees while raising funds for The Prince’s Trust’s work with young people between the ages of 14 and 30. Northern Ireland companies participating in this year’s competition are Sainsburys and The Quays, Jonathan McKeown Solicitors, FPM and Parker Green International from Newry and Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Teams will compete against each other to run the most profitable mini enterprise and the winner will be the team whose project has generated the most capital. Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince’s Trust, Northern Ireland, emphasises that Milllion Makers is a key tool for businesses who wish to extend and motivate employees: ” Nine out of 10 participants taking part in Million Makers say they have picked up new skills they can bring back to the workplace. The competition element injects fun into fundraising and it is great to see how much team members gain out of taking part in Million Makers.” For further information, please contact: Angela Mallon 07880821186, or email angela.mallon@princes-trust.org.uk.

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