Inverurie pupils scoop cash prize

Top Glass from Inverurie Academy with their link teacher Susan Taylor.
Top Glass from Inverurie Academy with their link teacher Susan Taylor.

A team of young entrepreneurs from Inverurie Academy have won a £50 investment in their business after taking part in a Scotland-wide pitching competition.

As part of Young Enterprise Scotland’s flagship Company Programme young entrepreneurs across the country were invited to pitch their new businesses for one of four prizes of £50 investment.

Top Glass from Inverurie Academy created decorations and homeware from up-cycled bottles and jars. Their main product was created by melting wine and champagne bottles in a kiln and turning them into multifunctional homeware items. They can be used as unique cheeseboards, serving plates and many other uses. The process of melting the glass bottles requires a lot of power so the company asked for the £50 investment to go towards production costs for this unique product. The judges at Young Enterprise Scotland were impressed with the product and also the high quality video produced by the young entrepreneurs.

Another company from Inverurie Academy, RePLAY, also entered the competition. Although not selected for one of the prizes, the judges thought they had an interesting product and commended their efforts.

Top Glass were awarded their prize and their winning pitch was shown at the Young Enterprise Grampian event last Tuesday, (January 13).

Victoria Chisholm, chair of Young Enterprise Grampian, was thrilled when she heard of their success.

She said: “We at Young Enterprise Grampian are delighted to have them represent the region. Their win was well deserved. Also, we’d like to thank Young Enterprise Scotland for providing an opportunity for Scotland’s young entrepreneurs to pitch their products and businesses on a national forum. What a great competition!”

Young Enterprise Scotland works to inspire all young people to learn and succeed through enterprise, running training programmes for young people aged 5 to 30, schools, community settings, secure and residential units.

The Company Programme has been running in Scotland for 40 years. Senior pupils set up and run their own company for a year with support from local business volunteers. There are regional events throughout the year and the companies compete to attend the Scottish finals, the winner of which goes on to compete in the UK finals.