Medley the Local Young Enterprise Company from Stranraer Academy has scooped the top prize for young entrepreneurs in Dumfries and Galloway. Pupils from Stranraer Academy won the overall award for the best business in The Young Enterprise Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Finals, held at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
Stranraer Academy who called their company Medley, were one of ten teams from Dumfries & Galloway Region who were taking part at the finals.
Medley thought up, wrote and illustrated a trio of children’s books based on promoting equality and acceptance to kids that are in nursery to primary 3. They also created audio versions of the three stories.They promoted the books through the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press and Dumfries & Galloway Life, as well as Alive 107.3
Blair Haswell, Managing Director, Medley, said during their presentation “The mission of the Company was to create stories which focus on equality and diversity, and highlight the importance of acceptance to children, this also helped Stranraer Academy achieve the sliver LGBT Youth Scotland charter of rights”
Medley will now represent Dumfries and Galloway in the Scottish Young Enterprise Finals at the Festival of Enterprise, Hampden Park, Glasgow on June 6th 2017.
Presenting the award to Medley, Iain Steele, District General Manager of SP Energy Networks and Board Member of Developing the Young Workforce said: “Young Enterprise gives young people in Dumfries and Galloway a fantastic opportunity to show Entrepreneurship and develop their business potential”
Kenny Bowie, SP Energy Networks and Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Young Enterprise said “We had ten enthusiastic companies competing this year and, without doubt, down to the enormous amount of hard work and commitment shown by the Pupils, Link Teachers, Company Advisors and Local Board Members. Our support is very much an investment in the Regions future, and we could well see many of those taking part emerging as Scotland’s business leaders in years to come. I also thank the local Businesses that continue to support Young Enterprise,”
Medley also won all the main awards - Best Report, Best Trade Stand and Best Presentation. In addition their Business Adviser, Lee Medd from Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce scooped the Business Adviser Award.
Other awards won on the evening were
Boards “Special” Award Imagineers, Annan Academy.
Best Quality Report Revivyl, Lockerbie Academy
In addition to these awards all the Companies that participated received Certificates recognising their part in the Finals
Imagineers Annan Academy
Coast to home Castle Douglas High School
Rejig Dumfries High School
Revivyl Lockerbie Academy
Six to one Sanquhar Academy
Illuminate St Joseph’s College
Lines St Joseph’s College
Revive St Joseph’s College
Medley Stranraer Academy
Bespoke Green Glass Wallace Hall Academy
Three awards to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of the key people who make each Company operate. Nominations came from the team members of each Company.
Managing Director of the year Ellie Stewart, Six to One, Sanquhar Academy
Link Teacher of the year Adam Stephenson, Lockerbie Academy (Supported Revivyl)
Business Adviser of the year Lee Medd from Dumfries & Galloway Chamber (supported Medley)
The Annual award Ceremony was attended by around 250 people from invited Guests, Link Teachers, Company Advisors, Supporters and family and friends of the Companies that participated. Tommy Jardine from West Sound Radio did a superb job comparing the event.
The opening address was from the Councillor Jeff Leaver who is Chair of The Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee who endorsed Dumfries & Galloway Council’s continued support for the Young Enterprise Company Programme and shared his own experiences on the benefits of the scheme “The number one priority of our Council is to build the local economy and provide the best start in life for our children and young people, so programmes like this provide a great opportunity to help young people succeed. I want to acknowledge the help and support given to the Companies by their Link Teachers, Business Advisers, the local Young Enterprise Board and Sponsors”.
Kenny Bowie, SP Energy Networks and Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Young Enterprise also commented that “It was great to see that we had 10 Companies from across Dumfries and Galloway competed in the event. Entrepreneurial young people are the future of the region and I have been hugely impressed with the commitment, enthusiasm and business acumen that has been displayed by all of the companies throughout the Young Enterprise experience, we are delighted with the success of the programme, that enables young people to have the opportunity to run a company and to deal with the challenges and opportunities that entails’
Iain Steele, District General Manager of SP Energy Networks and Board Member of Developing the Young Workforce “I am delighted to be part of the evening that celebrates the success of the regions entrepreneurial young people, I am sure the experience gained from the Young Enterprise Programme will be skills that stay with our young people throughout their working life and I am sure we will see some new Business start ups in the region in future as a result of the experience’
As part of the Award Ceremony all ten Companies that took part had already submitted a Business Report then on the night they set up a display to market their Company and Product. Following that, the main part of the evening was to give a four minute presentation detailing their product, the highs and lows and the lessons they had learned from running their Companies over the last nine months. At the end of each presentation feedback was given in true “Dragons Den” style from Graeme Galloway (Police Scotland), Elaine Carruthers (Easterbrook Hall) and Dayne Boyd ( Boyd Group).
The other Companies produced goods as follows;-
- Imagineers, Annan Academy - tooth fairy helpers” developed a kit ideal for children losing their baby teeth
- Coast to home, Castle Douglas High School - A stunning range of handmade framed pictures, made using shells and pebbles collected from the Solway Coast
- Rejig, Dumfries High School - Natural wooden products including teapot stands, chalkboards, coasters, festive greeting cards and decorations
- Revivyl, Lockerbie Academy - Mould and shape vinyl records into a number of decorative items including bowls, clocks and cake stands
- Six to one, Sanquhar Academy - Fabric Wreaths
- Illuminate, St Joseph’s College - Hand made and decorated candles
- Lines, St Joseph’s College - Handmade illustrated stress relief colouring books
- Revive, St Joseph’s College - Reviving old frames and sold chalkboards, white boards and hanging key decorations
- Medley, Stranraer Academy - children’s books based on promoting equality and acceptance to kids
- Bespoke Green Glass, Wallace Hall Academy - Home decor produced from recycled glass bottles
Enterprise Scotland has been Scotland’s leading business skills programme provider for aspiring young people since 1977. It aims to give young people the opportunity to test out their business ideas and develop their own small business as a member of a dynamic team.