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A event being held at Houghton Hall is raising money for the Borough Mayor's chosen charity the Prince's Trust. Borough Mayor Liz Watson, with Tim Zoll, Deputy Mayor Barry Ayres, and Deputy Mayoress Christine Ayres. Picture: Matthew Usher.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A graphic designer who started his business with a loan from the Prince’s Trust will show his appreciation by helping to organise a star-studded fund-raiser at Houghton Hall which will raise thousands of pounds for the charity.
Tim Zoll also hopes the drinks reception, talk and tour on September 25 at the home of Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, will bring together would-be apprentices and potential employers to help reduce unemployment in the area.
The businessman was co-opted onto a fund-raising committee by west Norfolk mayor Elizabeth Watson to raise money for the charity after he himself was helped by the Prince’s Trust 15 years ago.
The loan and advice he received from a business mentor allowed him to set up his own company, Timez Design, which is still going strong today, serving clients from Norfolk and beyond.
“I know that I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t had that loan to start my business,” he said.
The event will start with a drinks reception before Dr Thierry Morel, curator of the current Houghton Revisited exhibition, will give a talk about how the art collection of Britain’s first prime minister was sold to Catherine the Great of Russia – and how it came back to be exhibited at Houghton Hall in 2013.
There will then be an opportunity for guests to tour the famous artworks.
Organisers hope it will raise thousands of pounds, with The Big Prawn Company and Timez Design as the primary sponsors, as well as smaller sponsors who will donate between £250 and £500.
Yet as well as making money, Mr Zoll hopes the meeting between young apprentices looking for work and employers searching for new recruits will be a match made in heaven. “It will be to the benefit of these young people,” he said.
“On the whole, they are motivated, enthusiastic and very bright. It’s the trust shown by the charity sometimes that is all it takes for these people to get out and show their confidence.”
Mr Zoll said the loan he received several years ago helped him to buy computers, which are vital to a graphic designer’s work.
“As well as money, what was really important to me was the ongoing support I got from my Prince’s Trust business mentor,” he said.
“To have a voice of experience on the other end of a phone was absolutely critical to help avoid the common mistakes people make when starting a business.”
Mr Zoll added: “That ongoing support is a benefit to anyone setting up a business.
“I had never been in a position before in my life where someone said they’ll lend me money.
“To have someone take me seriously enough to lend me £3,000 was a huge confidence booster.
“It certainly put me on the road to success.”