Enterprising Inverurie youngsters make final

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A team of students from Inverurie Academy will fly the flag for the North-east when they represent the area at the Scottish Young Enterprise finals.

The team, “Branching Out”, were one of two teams from Inverurie who took part in the Young Enterprise Grampian finals at the Marcliffe Hotel, Pitfodels on Monday (April 28) along with “EcoSheep”. Also taking part were teams from Peterhead Academy (Candolls), Mackie Academy (3Deco), Oldmachar Academy (Liinked) and Albyn School (The Tie Dye Company).

For the teams to reach the final they had to write a business report ant the top six were selected.

They were then interviewed by a panel of judges including representatives from Shell, BP, 1st Oil and Total. The two guest judges were Sir Chris Hoy and local entrepreneur Shelagh Swanson, owner of Oil and Glass, a gallery in Aberdeen. The pupils then had to give a five minute presentation on their experiences of running a business and then had to set up a trade stall showcasing their business.

Candolls won “Best Presented Team”, The Tie Dye Company won “Best Presentation”, EcoSheep won “Best Business Report” and Branching Out won “Best Trade Stall”.

At the end of the night, Branching Out from Inverurie Academy were crowned overall winners for Grampian region. They will now go to Glasgow on Wednesday, June 18, to represent the region at the Scottish Young Enterprise finals.