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As you know, Springfords sponsor the Lothian branch of Young Enterprise Scotland and Carol Wright, our Business Group partner, spends time helping on a voluntary basis on the Board.
The YES program encourages students (‘achievers’) aged 16 to 18 to set up and run their own company over the course of one academic year – as you know it’s not easy running a business! Achievers need to do everything – from raising initial capital to creating and marketing a product or service. So throughout the process, lots of invaluable practical experience is gained on how to run a business.
As part of the process, at the end of the year, achievers are encouraged to present their business idea at an annual awards evening. Carol says “Some of the business ideas this year have been really clever – plus the calibre of the presentations was excellent – it’s clear that some of the achievers really have what it takes to go into business after school.”
This year the best company award winner in Lothian were students from George Watsons College who set up a business called “Artemis”. The winning team – all girls, pictured here with their Link Teacher and Business Adviser – designed, manufactured and marketed their own pewter jewellery. The girls will now compete against other teams Scotland wide for the Scottish title and, if successful, will then go on to the UK final. We wish them well!
YES relies on volunteer Business Advisors who help students and Link Teachers through the process of setting up and running the company, plus sponsorship. So if you are interested in volunteering some of your time to work with young people who will be the entrepreneurs of the future, or if you would like to sponsor YES, then please get in touch with Carol Wright on firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the program, please click through to www.lothianyes.com