MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has hailed the success of a local micro enterprise.
The Collieston Coastal Cafe, which was presented with several Saltire Awards by Mr Salmond during his tenure as First Minister, operates as a social enterprise aimed at allowing youngsters based in the village to attain valuable employment experience and business management skills.
Opened in 2006, the cafe is staffed entirely by young adults and children, with assistance and supervision from a team of volunteer parents and guardians.
Teas, coffees and home baking are sold, with proceeds being distributed at the minimum wage rate to staff over 14-years-old.
Younger staff members earn points which go towards Saltire Awards, and are given equal shares of tips.
Thus far, the cafe has won first prize in the Community Safety Partnership Awards and a Best of Formartine Award.
Mr Salmond said: “Micro enterprises are active and bubbling away in our communities, providing an excellent platform for young people to branch out into new opportunities. Indeed, labelling them a ‘micro-enterprise’ belies the significant impact they have.
“And this is much more than a half-term tuck shop. Collieston is a picturesque spot, but it lacks extensive facilities for young people to use. The café provides local young people with an outlet and a source of invaluable life skills.
“I’d encourage anyone passing by the village to stop by. Your custom goes directly towards a fantastic local initiative that is helping kids in Collieston prepare for what their futures bring.”