National success for Young Enterprise group

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22 Jun 2017 - 14:43

PUPILS from Lochgilphead High School have flown the flag for Argyll and Bute at a Scottish showcase for teenage entrepreneurs.

The school team, West Coasters, have represented Argyll and Bute Council at the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) national awards.

They were one of 15 schools from across Scotland at the finals, held at Hampden in Glasgow.

The YES programme is a year-long business experience for S5 and S6 pupils.

It sees teams set up their own companies, which helps them develop a wide range of skills. They are supported by mentors from the local business community and all their activities are pupil-led.

Lochgilphead High had two groups taking part in the scheme over the past academic year – West Coasters and Droift.

West Coasters produced hand-designed framed artwork to sell, and Droift used seashells and driftwood from local beaches to create windchimes, wall hangings and necklaces.

Their managing director, S6 pupil Chloe Fairman, was named overall joint MD for Scotland.

Policy Lead for Education, Yvonne McNeilly, said: “Huge congratulations to all of the West Coasters for a really fantastic effort.

“It is also wonderful for Chloe to be named as joint MD winner when up against the cream of young Scottish talent.

“Everyone taking part has shown creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment and they have done themselves and Argyll and Bute proud.”

Fiona McBride, Acting Principal Teacher for Enterprise and Achievement, who supports the pupils on the YES programme and accompanied the team to the awards, said: “We are very proud of the achievements of Chloe and the rest of the team. They all worked very hard.”

The West Coasters had to mount a display stand, do presentations and take part in interviews.

Dunoon Grammar also took part in the YES programme. Their company Ma Jar Stick made bespoke storage solutions by mounting jars on wooden bases.