YOUNG entrepreneurs are on a mission to harness the talents of budding fashion designers with the launch of a business in Cheshire.

Caroline Moss, from Chester, and Rachel Murray, from Tarporley, are co-founders of Neon Prospects, which is putting on an exciting new series of holiday workshops, called Style Factory, aimed at giving teenagers an insight into a career in the fashion industry.

The courses will bring young people aged 13-17 into contact with fashion and media professionals for a week of hands-on activities at Blakemere Craft Centre in Sandiway throughout August.

Style Factory focuses on all different aspects of the fashion industry including: trends, catwalk to high street, sketching masterclass and sewing techniques.

The week will culminate with a design-your-own-bag project.

Thirty chosen Style Factory participants will also get the chance to take part in an extra week Create Your Own Fashion House course at the end of August.

The groups will then take part in a grand finale fashion show in Liverpool.

Caroline and Rachel, both 25, set up the Neon Prospects in March and it has already been selected to receive the support of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme.

Rachel said: “After years of working for other people we decided we wanted to set up our own company and do something worthwhile and enjoyable.

“We love fashion and realised that young people are really interested in it too but don’t always believe they can actually choose it as a worthwhile career option.”

Caroline added: “You don’t have to be Stella McCartney to work in the industry. There are loads of different jobs involved in the whole fashion process, from design and marketing to production, so there’s something for everyone.

“We just hope the courses will inspire people and help them see just how achievable working in the media and fashion industry can be.”

For further information, visit or call Rachel 07841 870406.