Four enterprising pupils from Kilmarnock Academy are heading to a national business competition after sweeping the board at Young Enterprise Scotland’s Ayrshire Awards.
Sixth year students Jordan Muir, Heather Taylor, Robyn McGhee and David Gibson developed and published a survival guide for primary seven pupils transitioning to secondary school. With the support of teacher Cameron McClurg and business advisers Tina Campbell of Scottish Safety Supplies and Lucy Bradshaw or Skocia Web Design, their company – Horizon Pages – have sold hundreds of copies with forward orders already being taken for 2017.
Horizon Pages joined teams from across Ayrshire for the Young Enterprise Awards, and took home seven of the eleven awards up for grabs, including the prestigious overall winner title of Ayrshire Company of the Year. Jordan Muir, sixth year pupil at Kilmarnock Academy and Managing Director of Horizon Pages, said: “We are all immensely proud to win the Ayrshire award. We all worked very hard and the success of Horizon Pages is really down to the great teamwork in our group and to the support we’ve received both from our teacher and our business advisers.”
Now in its 42nd year, Young Enterprise Scotland sees teams of fifth and six year pupils establish and run their own businesses supported by teachers and advisers drawn from the local business community. Schools across the country participate, with each regional winner going on to compete for the title of ‘Scottish Company of the Year’ and the chance to vie for the UK title at Young Enterprise’s national finals in London.
In all, more than 90 young people were involved in the Ayrshire programme. Last Wednesday, they gathered at The Fenwick Hotel for the annual awards ceremony hosted by West FM’s Michael Smith. The Provosts of East, North and South Ayrshire attended and key speaker, Celtic Football Club’s Adrian Filby, applauded the entrepreneurship demonstrated by all of the finalists saying “it is so pleasing to see the enterprise in the room – the teamwork and leadership displayed is sensational.”
The night also saw awards going to teams from Kilmarnock’s Grange and James Hamilton Academies, Stewarton Academy, Troon’s Marr College and Ayr’s Belmont Academy.
Brian Hill, Chair of the Ayrshire branch of Young Enterprise Scotland, said: “Once again, Ayrshire’s young people have excelled themselves developing and pursuing a diverse range of enterprises, exploring and building their skills whilst gaining invaluable business and learning experiences. My congratulations go to all of the young people who have participated this year, and my thanks go to their business advisers, link teachers and the programme sponsors without whom none of this would have been possible. Horizon Pages have an excellent business, and I wish Jordan, Heather, Robyn and David every success in the Scottish finals and in their future studies and careers.”
Young Enterprise Scotland: Ayrshire Awards 2016
Overall Winner: Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy
Overall Runner Up: Fortis Enterprises of Belmont Academy
Best Report: Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy
Best Presentation: Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy
Runner Up: Fortis Enterprise of Belmont Academy
Best Trade Stand: Centurion of Grange Academy
Runner up: Illuminate of James Hamilton Academy
Best Marketing: Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy
Best Teamwork: Archon Enterprises of Stewarton Academy
Best Product/Service: Illuminate of James Hamilton Academy
Best Innovation: Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy
Best Interview: Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy
Runner up: Ad Altiora of James Hamilton Academy
Best MD: Luke Light, Wavelength of Marr College
Best Link Teacher: Cameron McClurg of Kilmarnock Academy
The Young Enterprise Scotland Ayrshire programme is supported and sponsored by AABW, Adelie, GE Aviation Services – Caledonian, IDS & Co, Hillhouse Quarry Group Ltd, Green Deal Ayrshire, The Klin Group, Federation of Small Businesses, Ayrshire College, QTS, Developing the Young Workforce, Create Communications, Cann Print, Ayrshire Community Media, The Fenwick Hotel, Linda Graham PR & Marketing, Bank of Scotland, Westsound/West FM, East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council.
Participants in Young Enterprise Scotland Ayrshire Awards final 2016 were:
• Fortis Enterprises of Ayr’s Belmont Academy, an inspirational pebbles business advised by Sarah Plant of Sarah’s Creative Occasions. Team members include: Christopher Andreucci, Nathan Aryee, Ross Brown, Angus Clark, Beth Davidson, Francesca Davie, Jack Farrell, Gavin Hollins, Danielle Hutcheson, Kyle McCulloch, Patrick McLean, Lewis McMillan, Sandy Milligan, Brodie O’Neil, Erin Parry, Charly Stakim, Matthew Taylor and Iona Tulloch, with teacher Mrs Susan Glass.
• Centurion of Kilmarnock’s Grange Academy, a homemade gifts business advised by David McCall or Munro Architects. Team members include: Rebecca Hawley, Samantha Geddes, Liam Geddes, Erin Mills, Duncan Lawrie and Chloe Bagg, with teachers Mr Gilchrist and Miss Clark.
• Ink’d of Kilmarnock’s Grange Academy, a designer/printer business offering custom hoodies and t-shirts, and advised by David McCall of Munro Architects. Team members include: Hannah Young, Ross Fitzpatrick, Lachlann Ross, Dean Kerry, Emma Clark, Lucca Mancini, Kate McKenzie, Adam Frew and Cameron Hill, with teachers Mr Gilchrist and Miss Clark.
• Ad Altiora of Kilmarnock’s James Hamilton Academy, who have created a railway board game and are advised by Brian Hill of Smith & Archibald. Team members include: Ben Cunningham, Harry Connelly, Abbie Little, Callum Higgins, Scott McQuade, Christopher McLean, Fern McMichael, Matthew Kerr, Liam Cook, Scott Nelson, Zoe MacPherson, Ahren Brown and Ellie Stewart, with teacher Mrs Lorraine Egerton.
• Illuminate of Kilmarnock’s James Hamilton Academy, a wooden gift tags and tile art business advised by Brian Hill of Smith & Archibald. Team members include: Kyle Gilroy, Jack Scott, Natasha Law, Abbie Campbell, Hannah Cairns, Rebecca Millar, Rebecca McLean and Andrew Powell, with teacher Mrs Lorraine Egerton.
• Horizon Pages of Kilmarnock Academy, who have produced a secondary school survival guide for primary school leavers and are advised by Tina Campbell of Scottish Safety Supplies and Lucy Bradshaw or Skocia Web Design. Team members include: Jordan Muir, Heather Taylor, Robyn McGhee and David Gibson, with teacher Mr Cameron McClurg.
• Wavelength of Troon’s Marr College, a hampers and gifts business advised by Stephen McNab of G.E. Caledonian. Team members include: Luke Light, Claudia Kuhler, Rebecca Neill, India Beckwith, Kirsty Pattison, Matthew Ellis, Natalie McKay, Aaron Nathan, Tom Watson and Katie Little, with teacher Mrs Mhairi Thomson.
• Inceptum of Saltcoats’ St Matthew’s Academy, who have developed an app for business management pupils and are advised by Neale Carter or Redworth Assoc Coaching. Team members include: Lewis Fleming, Beth Girvan, Brandon Clydesdale, Amy Newton and Katie McClumpha, with teacher Mrs Tracy Allen.
• Archon Enterprises of Stewarton Academy, who have produced a recipe book and are advised by Maggie Ramage of As & When HR. Team members include: Adam Lyon, James Matzka, Aasiyah Patankar, Callum McLean, Emma McDade and Jack Seaman with teacher Mr Andy McLean.
For further information – or to arrange attendance – please contact Carol MacInnes of Create Communications on telephone 01563 595001 or 07739 774091.
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