A group of budding young entrepreneurs from Peterhead Academy are hoping for some brisk festive trading in the Blue Toon in the coming weeks.
Through the national Young Enterprise ‘Company Programme’ for S5 and S6 pupils, the local team has set-up the Matters Arising business outfit selling innovative tablemats and scented diffuser sprays.
Since trading began they have raised £700 at two parents nights in the academy and around £250 from a sales day at the Bon Accord Centre in Aberdeen. And for those last-minute Christmas shoppers in Peterhead you can now pick up these fantastic festive gift ideas at The Trading Post on Marischal Street.
Upon hearing of the business venture, Peterhead Projects was only too happy to provide a free sales platform to boost the Matters Arising coffers. Boasting a management, accountancy, marketing and production structure, the company of 17 dedicated pupils is working not only to raise money but to achieve the highest standard of business acumen they can.
Supported by academy head of business studies Joy Smith, together with advisers from Total E&P UK at St Fergus and Johnson Carmichael of Fraserburgh, the pupils have been making classy dining placemats from upcycled carpet tiles and diffusers from recycled glass bottles with an array of sensational scents.
Managing director of Matters Arising, Scott Watson explained: “Since taking up the Young Enterprise challenge we came up with several different ideas before settling on the ones we are now producing. Through one of our accountants, Jack Willox, whose father owns Laurian Flooring of Clerkhill, we were provided with carpet tiles to upcycle into the placemats with the help of the technical department to provide sturdy mounting.
“On the diffuser front, the students came up with the idea of five Christmas fragrances including vanilla and red cherry, vanilla and black orchid, jasmine and sweet orange and orange and lemon and our top seller - vanilla and berries.”
Peterhead Academy headteacher Shona Sellers told us: “The team has been a hard-working group of individuals who have attended a number of events to sell their products.
“I have been exceptionally impressed with their effort, commitment and the professional approach they have displayed. They are a credit to Peterhead Academy and I hope that their hard work pays off by reaching the Young Enterprise finals.”
Trading will continue until April when the accounts have to be prepared, a report compiled and exams sat to determine this year’s winners.
You can check out the roducts online at Twitter.com/MattersArising1 and at www.facebook.com/mattersarising1, or by visiting the Trading Post.