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Newcastle businesswoman Kari Owers has become the first North East ambassador for The Prince’s Trust’s new initiative, Women Supporting Women.

Winner of the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and founder of creative communications agency O Communications, Kari offered to support the programme after hearing about the aims of Women Supporting Women.

Kari said: “Turning 15 as a business was a big milestone for us and we wanted to go back to our roots and what mattered to us as a company.

“When I saw Women Supporting Women, we jumped at the chance to get on board, as I had noticed there wasn’t any representation yet in the North East of England and knew I wanted to step up as ambassador to help make a difference right here on our doorstep.”

Women Supporting Women is designed to help The Prince's Trust support more young women. The key belief is that all young women deserve the chance to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. The group’s aim is to change the lives of 6,500 young women by raising £10m over the next five years.

Rhona Warcup, of Prince’s Trust North East, said: “Young women have so much to offer and we have so much to gain by encouraging their aspirations. Here in the North East, 41% of our beneficiaries are young women and we are so excited to launch this partnership with Kari and O Communications to work together and see these incredible young women go on to have very successful and happy lives.”

The Prince’s Trust believes that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. Working with delivery partners across the UK, they offer free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities for young people aged 11 to 30, to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career.

L-R: Kari Owers, O Communications, and Rhona Warcup, Prince's Trust

 

Susie Haywood
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