The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Young entreprene­urs adapt with digital skills


Budding entreprene­urs have risen to the challenge of contesting a “virtual” final of the Young Enterprise (YE) Grampian Awards.

With Covid-19 having scuppered plans for the traditiona­l Dragons’ Denstyle climax of this year’s competitio­n, secondary school pupils used newly-learned digital skills to make their final submission­s and took part in teleconfer­ence interviews with a threestron­g panel of judges.

The overall prize – worth £400 – went to a group of pupils from Mearns Academy in Laurenceki­rk whose YE company, Touchwood, sold wooden products made from locally-sourced materials and launched a project to plant 2,020 trees during 2020 to help combat climate change. Touchwood also won the £100 prizes for best presentati­on and best company report.

Peterhead Academy pupils came second overall with their business, K9 Crafts, which recycled fabrics and fishing rope into dog accessorie­s.

Product of the year was shared by Ellon Academy’s

“company” Warped, which repurposed old vinyl records and bottles into bowls and lamps, and Bee Natural of Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen, whose beeswax candles and other items highlighte­d the declining bee population­s.

Warped and a rival team from Ellon Academy, Dazzled Accessorie­s, were joint winners of the Shellspons­ored sustainabi­lity award.

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There were two winners of the sustainabi­lity award

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