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Forres Academy (l-r): back – Keelan Harvey, Laura Sutherland, Maddy Pearle, Cameron Smith Front - Emma Robertson, Cora Inckle-Sharpe, Liam Young, Brogan Hunter
Forres Academy (l-r): back – Keelan Harvey, Laura Sutherland, Maddy Pearle, Cameron Smith Front - Emma Robertson, Cora Inckle-Sharpe, Liam Young, Brogan Hunter

YOUNG entrepreneurs faced the dragon's den and returned to Forres with cash investment.

Pupils from Drumduan School and Forres Academy took part in Young Enterprise Scotland Highland and Moray’s version of television's 'Dragons’ Den' at Nairn Community and Art Centre, pitching their idea for products to a panel of local business people including Adam Bell of Moment, Agencies, Grant Wright from Everyone Entertainment, Sarah Frame-O’Hare who works for Strategy Cards, and Marie Smith representing The Artisan Bothy.

Chairwoman of YES Highland and Moray, Linda Thomas, said: "Our Dragons were particularly impressed with market research the teams had carried out and their level of knowledge of their target markets.

"They also displayed an impressive awareness of current environmental and social issues which was creatively incorporated into their products."

Drumduan’s Seasonal Gems were awarded £80 to kick-start production of their handmade jewellery. Paw Press from Forres Academy picked up £40 towards their children’s storybook aimed at 5-7-year-olds.

All the teams also received valuable advice on how to take their idea forward in time to set up a stall at the annual Young Enterprise Scotland Christmas trade fair in Inverness on 14 December.

Ms Thomas added: "The panel gave some valuable advice about learning to be ruthless to succeed and seeking out as many sales opportunities as possible.

"Taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme is not just about learning how to run a business. Our teams of young people learn about working together, thinking creatively and how to manage change and challenging circumstances, all of which is great preparation for their careers and will stand them in good stead for the future."

The Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme for Highland and Moray runs in partnership with local schools and businesses across the area to encourage young people to experience the challenges of running a business.

Over the course of a year teams from individual schools learn how to run a successful business by designing and making products, marketing them and managing the financial side of the business. The scheme is aimed at 15 to 19 year-olds and teams are supported by teachers, a volunteer business adviser from the local community, and an Area Team.

Drumduan School (l-r): back – Florence Spreadborough, Tor Smith, Joseph Kubasch Front – Eve Pristley, Louie Goodall
Drumduan School (l-r): back – Florence Spreadborough, Tor Smith, Joseph Kubasch Front – Eve Pristley, Louie Goodall


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