The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

A TEAM of young en­trepreneurs from Lochgilp­head High School is in the na­tional fi­nal of a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion af­ter tri­umph­ing in the re­gional heat.

The West Coast­ers will com­pete against teams from across Scot­land next month af­ter their suc­cess in the Argyll and Bute fi­nal of Young En­ter­prise Scot­land (YES) search for com­pany of the year.

The YES com­pany pro­gramme sees S5 and S6 pupils set up and run their own com­pa­nies over the course of the school year.

This year, two Argyll and Bute schools have been tak­ing part in the scheme, Lochgilp­head High and Dunoon Gram­mar School.

Lochgilp­head had two com­pa­nies – West Coast­ers and Droift – with Dunoon Gram­mar School’s com­pany called Ma Jar Stick.

West Coast­ers pro­duced hand-de­signed framed art­work to sell, with their fel­low pupils in Droift us­ing seashells and drift­wood from lo­cal beaches to cre­ate wind­chimes, wall hang­ings and neck­laces.

All three com­peted in the re­gional fi­nal, held at the In­ver­aray Inn. Tasks were to write a com­pany re­port, give a pre­sen­ta­tion to judges and guests, and mount trade stands. Each com­pany was also in­ter­viewed by the judges.

West Coast­ers took the hon­ours for best over­all com­pany, best re­port and best dis­play, with Ma Jar Stick win­ning for best pre­sen­ta­tion.

At In­ver­aray on the night, prizes were pre­sented by the Duke of Argyll, Torquhil Ian Campbell, and judges were Kirsty Flana­gan, Argyll and Bute Coun­cil’s head of strate­gic fi­nance, and Dou­glas Melville, busi­ness ad­viser with Busi­ness Gate­way­which spon­sored the event.

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