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Gordonstoun School's 'Stoun Socks' team crowned Scotland's top young entrepreneurs in Young Enterprise awards

By Lorna Thompson

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BUDDING young businesspeople from Gordonstoun School have been crowned Scotland’s top young entrepreneurs.

The "Stoun Socks" team won the Company of the Year award at Young Enterprise Scotland’s Festival of Youth Enterprise 2021, for their expertise in designing, producing and selling their range of eco-friendly cotton socks.

In the Team Programme Awards, Inverness High School’s Highland Driftwood won the award for best logo. The Best Team, from St Clement’s School in Dingwall, picked up the award for best advert.

YES Highland and Moray area team member Denise Clark also received recognition, clinching the Volunteer of the Year award.

The winning Gordonstoun School team, from left, Leo Schrader, Lukas Ehrlich, Claus van Oranje and Tobia Ceccato.
The winning Gordonstoun School team, from left, Leo Schrader, Lukas Ehrlich, Claus van Oranje and Tobia Ceccato.

The Young Enterprise Scotland Company and Team Programmes for Highland and Moray run in partnership with local schools to encourage pupils to experience the challenges of running a business or social enterprise.

Over the course of a year teams of 15 to 19-year-olds from individual schools design and make products, market them and manage the financial side of the business. The students are supported by teachers, a volunteer business adviser from the local community and a YES area team.

Linda Thomas, chair of YES Highland and Moray, said: "This year more than most our teams of young people faced huge challenges and showed determination, flair and ingenuity to overcome them. We are extremely proud of them all.

"With the real difficulties young people encounter when looking for jobs, the experience gained on Young Enterprise programmes is invaluable.

"We see all the students who take part grow in confidence over the year and as they learn about working as a team, they find creative solutions to problems and learn to respond to change. This is all great preparation for the world of work, particularly in the current unprecedented climate of uncertainty."

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