Young en­tre­pre­neur’s award bid

The Galloway News - - DALBEATTIE PROJECT -

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

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