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Aberdeenshire village Ballater is the scene of Prince Charles’ offering, a restaurant and gift shop that is hoping to train young people in the kitchen and attract visitors to the region.

According to the BBC, the idea for the restaurant and shop came about after a local butcher suggested Prince Charles put a Highgrove Shop in Ballater. Taking him up on the challenge, the royal, who is know as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, turned to the concept of a pop-up as a way of bringing business to the high street.

“This is what really started this whole idea. It was entirely due to my going into Sheridan’s butchers to see how they were getting on,” Prince Charles said.

“There has been a lot of effort in the last six months or so since the disastrous floods that did so much damage to poor old Ballater.”

The Queen’s son is no stranger to entrepreneurship, with his Prince’s Trust charity working with 19-30 year-olds to “turn big ideas into a business” through its Enterprise programme. It provides assistance with business plan templates, financial advice, marketing the company and sustainability.

London-based entrepreneur James Eder has used The Prince’s Trust as a way of starting his business. His company, studentbeans.com, now claims to be the UK’s leading website for students and has 30 staff.

Commenting on his new Scottish venture, Prince Charles added: “I hope this particular restaurant and shop will help to give a little boost to Ballater, particularly in the off-season.

“I am hoping we may be able to use the kitchen facilities here as part of a skills training for young people.”

Chef Guy Fenton will head up the kitchen, with a November launch planned to allow for recruitment.

The business and entrepreneurial duties of the Royal Family are normally the reserve of Prince Andrew, who served as Britain’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment until July 2011.

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