Eyemouth High students win prizes at enterprise finals

The brightest young business brains in the Borders went head to head recently at the Young Enterprise Scotland Borders finals.

Tuesday, 10th April 2018, 3:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th April 2018, 3:44 pm
Jake Duffy 17, LeonniTait 17, Dion Smith 16, from Eyemouth High School's Bamboo team which also included Rebecca Ritchie 16, and Henry Johnston-Smith 16.

Four companies run by S5/S6 pupils from Kelso, Eyemouth and Earlston high schools, battled for five awards: best stall; best report; best interview; best presentation; and Borders Company of the Year.

Sales director, Charlie Ormiston (16) from Kelso High School’s Initial Designs’ team said: “Being part of the programme was a great experience and an opportunity that only comes along once. It was stressful balancing the business with school work, but it was worthwhile.”

The judging process, overseen by Sarah Dalrymple of SD Consultancy, saw each team complete four tasks on the day, representing a culmination of their work over the last seven months.

Sarah said: “We were all very impressed with the level of work and what inspired us most was that many of the students want to go forward with their businesses. It was clear that they’d had a lot of support from both teaching staff and mentors from local businesses.”

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The Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme is delivered across an academic year and is the ultimate business and enterprise experience for S5/S6 pupils, the Borders’ competition sponsored by TRICAPITAL. Through the programme, pupils learn about the essence of enterprise and develop a wide range of skills such as problem-solving, communication, resilience and organisation.

TRICAPITAL chairman Jamie Andrew said: We’re delighted to welcome this event back to our region and to see young people from Borders schools learn hands-on business skills and succeed in entrepreneurship.

“We’ve no doubt that this teamwork and joint venture by everyone involved will encourage the next generation of ambitious Borders business people. We want this region to grow to its best potential, and are committed to supporting young people’s business initiatives as a vital part of this.”

Competition results: best report and best stand - Bamboo (Eyemouth HS), best presentation and Border company of the year- Initial Designs (Kelso HS), best interview - Earlston Eco Enterprise.