Top young entrepreneurs in action

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An open invitation for all members of the public and local businesses to come along to see Dumfries & Galloway’s top young entrepreneurs in action at the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Area Awards.

The Awards night, sponsored by Magnox and Dumfries & Galloway Council, takes place between 5.00pm – 9.00 pm on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Entry is free.

Eight companies are competing in this year’s event representing seven secondary schools from across Dumfries and Galloway. Each company started from scratch last autumn and have traded their way to success in developing and selling a range of products or delivering services.

The companies are competing for a range of awards including best Trade Stand, Company Report and Presentation and the ultimate accolade of being crowned Best Company Overall.

The YES Company Programme is one of several programmes designed to inspire and prepare young people for the world of enterprise.

Kenny Bowie, Scottish Power, Chair of the Local Dumfries & Galloway Area Team stated: ‘Young Enterprise offers real life business experience and learning. Students are offered the chance to create and manage their own small business.

“They are given advice from local business people but this is very much the students company. These young people have dealt with everything from developing an idea into a product, to working as a team whilst taking full responsibility for the financial viability of the company.”

Superintendent Graeme Galloway, Police Scotland member of the Local Dumfries & Galloway Area Board stated: “Company products this year have ranged from bird feeders, charm bracelets, photo frames, human interest books and decorative sweet jars. All the companies have demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and absolute conviction in their products as they handled everything that was thrown at them. The success they have enjoyed demonstrates this.”

The 8 schools and (companies) are: Annan Academy (Company & Co) Castle Douglas High School (High Tea) Dumfries Academy (Penta) Dumfries Academy (Prime6) St Josephs College (Horizon) Sanquhar Academy (Sector 7) Maxwelltown High School (Akwaaba) Stranraer Academy (Clarity)