Enterprise Awards 2018
PET’s Enterprise Awards are one-off grants to help people start a business or find work after release from prison.
We fund specific equipment, training, tools or materials that you might need to set you up for work. In the past we have funded people for things like: laptops, art materials, an electronic typewriter, catering equipment, barbers’ tools, and a graphic calculator.
Dee was funded to complete her HGV licence so she could achieve her ambitions of working in the haulage industry - read her story here.
Ben was funded for equipment he needed to start his own mechanics business - read his story here.
You can apply for an award up to the value of £1000. Winners will also be offered two-hours’ mentoring by one of our judging panel. Please note, your request may be partially funded.
To apply, please complete the form below. The deadline for applications is Monday 16 July. The winners will be invited to collect their awards at an event in London on Tuesday 4 September.
If you would like to send any additional material or if you have any questions, please email email@example.com, call us on 0203 752 5680, or write to us at FREEPOST PRISONERS' EDUCATION TRUST.
These awards are kindly supported by The Topinambour Trust.
John Samuels QC – President of Prisoners’ Education Trust
His Honour John Samuels QC has been President of Prisoners’ Education Trust since 2012, and was previously its Chairman and a Trustee. A judge (full-time and part-time) for 32 years, and a Parole Board member for his maximum tenure of 10 years, he has a long-standing interest in prisoner welfare issues.
He is also Vice President of UNLOCK; of the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards; and of Tempus Novo. He is a Patron of Prisoners’ Advice Service; an Advisory Panel member of Inside Justice; and is a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Law School, focusing on sentencing and criminal justice issues. Last year, with Jonathan Aitken, he co-authored “What happened to the Rehabilitation Revolution”, which has been well received in the media and by Ministers.
Derina Douglas – Founder of LinknMums
In 2014 Derina served an 11 month sentence at HMP Holloway. In this time, she found a grounded root of empathy and began to understand individuals’ needs and saw first hand how many had been failed. She is passionate about supporting other women like her who are going through similar situations and, since her release, has set up LinknMums.
The organisation provides support, training and development to women in deprived arrears. Derina and her team aim to empower women to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and household.
Duane Jackson – founder of KashFlow Accounting Software and Director of Code4000
Duane Jackson is a London- and Brighton-based technology entrepreneur. In 2005, he founded KashFlow Accounting Software, one of the first software-as-a-service businesses in the UK. He grew it to 40 staff and 20,000 customers without taking any significant external funding and eventually exited in 2013, selling to IRIS Software Group for £20m. He now has numerous interests, including code4000.org, a CIC that teaches programming skills to prisoners in the UK.
Having been a care-leaver and ex-prisoner himself, he is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship to those from a similar background. He’s a Patron of The Prince’s Trust, the charity that helped him start in business. Throughout his journey, Duane was mentored by Lord Young of Graffham, who wrote the foreword to Duane’s autobiography, Four Thousand Days, which is available on Amazon.
Baillie Aaron – founder and CEO of Spark Inside
Baillie is the founder and CEO of Spark Inside, a London-based charity that pioneers the use of coaching in prisons to reduce violence and reoffending. In 2016, the charity – which has coached more than 600 participants since it was formed - was shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards Best New Charity.
Baillie is a TEDx speaker, co-curator of the Global Shapers London Hub and advisor to Code4000. She also founded the US non-profit Venturing Out, providing entrepreneurship education to people in prison.
LJ Flanders – Author, Founder and CEO of Cell Workout
LJ Flanders’ Cell Workout started as an idea from a prison cell and has grown into a business and social enterprise, whilst staying true to its cause and maintaining the ethos of wanting to improve and transform the lives of people inside and outside of prison.
From writing a fitness book designed for use in a confined space to delivering motivational workshops in prisons to encourage self-improvement, PET alumnus LJ Flanders is an entrepreneur with a social purpose.
To apply for the Enterprise Awards, please complete the form below.