Young entrepreneur’s award bid
A young Galloway entrepreneur has been announced as a finalist in the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.
Corsock teenager CallumWinspear has been nominated in the enterprise category of the presitigious competition.
The announcement comes as the dynamic 19 year–old prepares to open his first store in Castle Douglas this month.
He is expanding to the high street after his United Bricks business built a global network of online customers.
Callum told the News: “I could not believe it when I was told. It’s such an honour to be recognised not just in Dumfries and Galloway but in the whole of Scotland in the field of business.
“For any other young person thinking about starting their own company maybe this could act as an inspiration for them.”
Callum’s company offers customprinted Lego pieces and accessories, mostly with a military theme.
He either buys blank figures from Lego or people send him Lego pieces to have uniforms superimposed by 3D printer.
The Lego army can even be equipped with miniature rifles and machine guns – sourced from a supplier in the USA.
Callum already employs two other people in the business – and has been stunned by its success since he set it up aged just 15.
Now he can’t wait for the glittering ceremony at the SEC Centre in Glasgow on St Andrew’s Day, November 30.
Callum said:“I might just take my mum Judith. It’s perfect timing – we aim to open on King Street by mid to late October.
“There’s nothing like it in Dumfries and Galloway. I believe we are the first official Lego store.”
The awards are part of Scotland’sYear of Young People 2018 celebrations.
Young Scot chief executive Louise Macdonald said:“Callum’s inspiring story shows how important young people are to Scotland and their incredible contributions to communities in Dumfries and Galloway.
“A huge congratulations to all of the 2018 finalists – this year’s awards will be held on St Andrews Day and will be a historic moment for Scotland.
“We can’t wait to celebrate all the finalists’achievements on the night.”
Shortlisted Callum Winspear, founder of United Bricks, is in the running for a national business award