Business School backs young entrepreneurs in regional competition

Business School backs young entrepreneurs in regional competition

Pupils from Mackie Academy in Stonehaven have 'coasted' to victory at the Young Enterprise Finals for Grampian with eco-friendly designs using recycled wood.

The team pitched their winning business idea which involved manufacturing high quality cheeseboards and coasters to a panel of judges, including Adam Smith, senior lecturer at the University’s Business School.

A total of eight teams from schools across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire took part in the competition which is organised by the charity Young Enterprise Scotland.

The programme provides business experience for S5 and S6 pupils where participants run their own company throughout this year long entrepreneurial experience. They are judged across a number of criteria including financial management, business acumen, sustainability and marketing flair.

Mackie Academy won Best Overall Business for their company 'North East Coasters'; while Adam also presented the University of Aberdeen Business School Award for Best Managing Director to Mackie student, Blake Simpson.

Westhill Academy meanwhile won the Best Product accolade for 'and breathe', a business devoted to student wellbeing.

“It was an honour to be part of a team of judges for this important event. The entries were superb and all eight teams illustrated superb entrepreneurial skills and attributes,” said Adam.

“There were however clear winners. We wish Mackie Academy all the best when they go on to the Scottish finals in the summer.”

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