Local young entrepreneurs win awards


Jo presented awards to students from East Dunbartonshire schools in the final of Young Enterprise Dunbartonshire this week.

Young Enterprise, whose slogan is ‘Learning By Doing’, runs programmes which bring volunteers from business into classrooms to work with students and teachers. The students competing in the Young Enterprise Dunbartonshire final last night had worked together to run their own companies, and gave presentations about the challenges and achievements of their projects.

Jo and the Lenzie Academy company 'Keep Me Bags'Lenzie Academy were the runners-up for Best Overall Company, and won the prize for Most Environmentally Sensitive Company for their company Keep-Me Bags, which produced reusable shopping bags.

Jo and the Bearsden Academy company 'Coda'

Students from Bearsden Academy won the award for Most Innovative Product or Service for their company Coda, which converted vinyl records to digital form as well as producing Bearsden Academy memorabilia.

Jo and the Merkland School company 'Rainbow Productions'

Merkland School won the Special Merit Award for their company Rainbow Productions, which produced handmade arts and crafts in gift bags with individual designs.

Jo and the St. Ninian's company 'Namasari'

St. Ninian’s High School also made it to the final for their company Namasari, which was raising awareness of Indian culture and fashion, as well as poverty in India. They sold saris which they imported from one the few fairtrade factories in Bangalore, India, and shared half of their profits with the Association of People with Disabilities in India.

Jo and the Dumbarton Academy company 'The 9 Misskateers'

The overall winners were the 9 Misskateers from Dumbarton Academy, who won the Campbell Dallas Award for Best Overall Company, Best Company Report, the Aggreko Award for Best Trade Fair Stand, the University of Strathclyde award for Best Marketing Strategy and the Clydebank College Award for Best Presentation.

Commenting, Jo said:

“All four Young Enterprise companies last night were impressive and inspiring. The young entrepreneurs had not only made healthy profits, but also learned a huge amount about business and working together in a team to make things happen.

“Having taken part in Young Enterprise when I was a pupil at Douglas Academy, I know first-hand how useful the skills learned are in the world of work. It’s also great fun to be involved in setting up your own company with classmates and taking on the challenges of producing, marketing and selling products.

“Well done to The 9 Misskuteers (Dumbarton Academy) who won Best Company, and will go on to represent Dunbartonshire at the Scottish final. Congratulations are also due to runners-up Keep Me Bags (Lenzie Academy), to Coda (Bearsden Academy) and Namasari (St Ninian’s High School) for their excellent presentations, and to everyone across Dunbartonshire who has taken part in the Young Enterprise scheme this year.”

Jo participated in Young Enterprise Dunbartonshire in 1997 when she was co-Managing Director of Douglas Academy’s company “YETI”, which won Best Company in Dunbartonshire and represented our area at the Scottish final.

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