BRIGHOUSE businessman Carl Hopkins has been given the royal seal of approval.
The ‘Secret Millionaire’ was invited to Buckingham Palace and Clarence House for exclusive appointments with HRH The prince of Wales and HRH The Duke of York.
Mr Hopkins met with Prince Andrew at the Palace in his role as patron of Sheffield based enterprise education programme ‘Are you ready?’.
The following day he attended a round table hosted by Prince Charles for PRIME (The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise) which supports business creation by the over 50s.
Mr Hopkins was invited to the Palace by The Duke of York who has been telling everyone about ‘Are you ready?’ and is keen to help the programme reach a wider audience. “The Duke of York voiced his concern that a university education is no longer the natural option for today’s youth and as such, he is keen to champion enterprise skills at a much younger age,” he said.
“He is therefore wholly supportive of the ‘Are you ready?’ programme and wants to help introduce it to some of the other networks he is involved it. We discussed the success of our activity so far and his office have offered their support of our plans going forward.”
His meeting with Prince Charles was to discuss the other end of the age spectrum; entrepreneurs aged 50 and over and how businesses and organisations can connect better with ‘silver entrepreneurs’ and prepare those who are workless or facing the threat of redundancy for a ‘second life’.
He said: “HRH The Prince of Wales is keen to work with third parties who can support mature enterprise. Among other ideas discussed, he approved a suggestion of mine that PRIME should aim to get into the workplace and help employers get the most out of their more senior workers before it’s too late. He agreed that it is important to try and prolong people’s skills where possible so that businesses don’t lose that experience.”