First public showcase for Aberdeenshire’s young entrepreneurs

A Peterhead Academy team won last years Best Managing Director award at the Grampian finals.
A Peterhead Academy team won last years Best Managing Director award at the Grampian finals.

A team from Peterhead Academy will be among 30 small businesses created and managed by pupils from schools throughout Aberdeenshire selling their wares to the public at Christmas fayres over the next few weeks.

The fayres, which will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 26 at Westhill's Trinity Church and then from 9am at Aberdeen's Belmont Street on December 3, are part of the Young Enterprise Grampian programme.

Neil Marchant, chair of Young Enterprise Grampian said: "The Fayres are the first opportunity for our young business people to showcase their products to the general public and test their marketing and sales skills. Since August, the students have been gaining practical experience of business by setting up and running their own real company.

"They have elected a board of directors, raised share capital and finance and created their product and brand. At a time when it is critical to arm our young people with the skills needed to make them successful, I would encourage the public to come and see what the Programme is all about as well as sourcing some unique products.”

In addition to meeting potential customers, the teams will also be judged on a number of categories including product, team presentation, stall and use of social media, by business professionals Willie Rennie, non-executive director of oil service company ICR Integrity; Gillian Alexander, interior stylist and Ruth Wardell, owner of horticulture business, Daisyroots.

The diverse range of companies created this year include Just Coastin’ from Peterhead Academy who sell coasters representing the local area, and Amygdala from Inverurie who will be marketing their wellness journals. A Peterhead Academy team won last year’s Best Managing Director award at the Grampian finals.

The Young Enterprise Company programme, which is a registered charity, provides business experience for S5 and S6 pupils where participants run their own company throughout this year long entrepreneurial experience. This year, there are 17 schools from throughout Grampian with a total of 35 teams comprising over 350 pupils taking part in the Programme.

The Young Enterprise Grampian finals will take place in Aberdeen on April 27 next year with teams competing for a place in the Scottish Finals later in the year.