The Scottish Borders brightest young business brains went head to head at the Young Enterprise Scotland Borders Final Awards Ceremony at the end of March, with Kelso High School the overall winners in a tough contest. The final was sponsored by TRICAPITAL, and Director Paul Yuskaitis was one of the judges.
The business teams were made up of senior pupils from Kelso, Earlston and Eyemouth High Schools. Each group formed their own companies, and raised funds to register it at Companies House and create prototypes. The pupils took on different roles, including Operations Manager, Finance Director, and Sales and Marketing. There were even some hirings and firings over the nine-month project, which was run by Young Enterprise Scotland Borders Branch, in partnership with schools and the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce programme.
During the project, the pupils designed and sold products, ranging from an Eyemouth cook book, candles, and recycled slate and wooden gift times. There were several winner categories, with the Borders Young Company of the Year award going to Kelso High School and their company, Initial Designs.
Guest speakers included Raymond Kerr of Qube and Joan Mackay of Education Scotland, who leads on the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.
It’s the first time the competition has been run in the Borders for several years, and Young Enterprise Scotland Borders branch hopes to spark more young startups next year.
Many thanks to Chloe Purves, Andrea Hall and the team for organising such an inspiring event and programme.