Young entrepreneurs from Ayr’s Belmont Academy took top honours at last week’s Young Enterprise Scotland’s Ayrshire finals, beating off stiff competition from teams representing Carrick Academy, Grange Academy, Greenwood Academy & Stanecastle School, James Hamilton Academy, Loudoun Academy, St Matthew’s Academy and Stewarton Academy.
ACE Enterprises, a business set up and operated by senior pupils from Belmont, was named Ayrshire Company of the Year 2013 at the prestigious ceremony in Kilmarnock’s Park Hotel. They also picked up awards for Best Report, Best Marketing, Best Product, Best Trade Stand and Best Interview. ACE Enterprises will now go on to the national Young Enterprise Scotland finals in Glasgow.
Having identified a market for a personalised baking journal for young children, ACE Enterprises developed, designed, launched and marketed their product My Baking Journal. The team comprises Harry Briggs, Ashley Bryson, Joe Cherry, Harry Dare, Kate Davidson, Kelsie Dunlop, Ross Fairbairn, Rebecca Faulker, Colin Forsyth, Jack Garrett, Cameron Grant, Richard McKay, Jemma McSheffery, Ryan Mitchell, Liam Stapley and Sam Stewart, supported by Link Teacher Susan Glass and Business Adviser Stephen McNab.
After picking up their trophies, ACE Enterprise’s Assistant Managing Director Jack Garrett said: “We are delighted to win the overall award. It is a tribute to the hard work, commitment and effort put in by all of the team. Many thanks to Young Enterprise Scotland for this opportunity, and to our Link Teacher and Business Adviser.”
The night also saw prizes go to Stewarton Academy’s Stewberry for Best Presentation and Grange Academy’s Scotwood for Best Teamwork whilst Grange’s Paul McGurn was named Best Link Teacher. Keynote speaker Dr Waiyin Hatton reflected on the inspiring work undertaken by all of the teams, pupils and advisers involved, whilst West FM’s Fiona Shields and Frenchie hosted the evening, welcoming all of the finalists onto the stage to present their findings before an audience which included business people, fellow students and the Provosts of East, North and South Ayrshire.
Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is a not-for-profit organisation and aims to provide the best business experience to students, giving them the opportunity to develop their full potential, raise their confidence and self-esteem, and test out their business skills.
Alison Tait, of Young Enterprise Scotland, Ayrshire, said: “2013 has to be the best ever Ayrshire Awards. The quality of the entries and their presentations were outstanding, giving the judges an incredibly hard job. Well done and congratulations to all of the participating teams and many thanks to our sponsors and supporters without whom this valuable learning experience would not be possible.”
Numerous local businesses and organisations supported the Young Enterprise Scotland Ayrshire finals including Adelie, IDS & Co, GE Caledonian, Cann Print, Hillhouse Quarry Group, the Ayrshire Association of Business Women, Paligap, the Park Hotel, Green Deal Ayrshire, Poster Plus Media Group, the Klin Group, Create Communications, East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Scotland, Martin McLachlan Photography and West FM.
Issued by Create Communications on behalf of Young Enterprise Scotland, Ayrshire. For further information please contact Carol MacInnes at Create Communications on telephone 01563 595001 or 07739 774091.
Date: 30 April 2013