Moray youngsters enter the dragons’ den as part of Young Enterprise Scotland scheme
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LOCAL pupils entered the Dragon’s Den last week to compete for funding for business projects.
Teams from local schools, including Lossiemouth High School and Gordonstoun School, went head-to-head at Nairn Community Centre on Monday, November 6.
The Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) scheme is aimed at 15 to 19-year-olds and teaches teams how to run a successful business by designing and making products, marketing them and managing the financial side of the business.
Team Aqua Glass from Lossiemouth picked up £65 for their hand-crafted sea glass pictures, while Gordonstoun’s team Second Chapter took home £45 towards their range of upcycled notebooks.
The teams also received advice for setting up a stall at the annual YES Christmas trade fair in Inverness on December 9.
The judging panel consisted of Graham Alexander (AJ Engineering), John McKee (William Grant and Sons), Debi Weir (R-evolution for Good) and Grant Wright (Everyone Entertained).
Linda Thomas, chairwoman of YES Highland and Moray, said that the judges were particularly impressed by the team’s creativity and organisation.
She added: “At the end of the day though, taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme is not just about learning how to run a business.
"It's about working as a team, thinking creatively, handling change and being resilient in challenging circumstances – skills these young people will need for life and for work.”