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Aidrie shows its got talent as ring pull innovators scoop Lanarkshire prize

Cup and saucer candles and ring pull bracelets impress judges

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Enterprise: Airdrie Academy’s winning team with their products

Four teams showed off their entrepreneurial skills at the Lanarkshire Young Enterprise Finals 2012.

Pupils from Airdrie Academy, St Ambrose High School and Hamilton College presented their innovative projects to judges at the annual event.

The V21six team from Airdrie emerged as the winners picking up the Best Company Report, Best Trade Stand, Best Presentation and Best Overall Lanarkshire Company prizes. The young people will now go forward to represent Lanarkshire at the Scottish finals.

The sixth year pupils wowed judges with their cup and saucer candles and ring pull bracelets which they sold at school and a special Christmas market at Cumbernauld Town Centre. The enterprise group also secured a profit by organising an Airdrie’s Got Talent concert and a ladies pampering event.

Lauren Taylor from the team said: “We wanted to do something along the recycling theme because it’s such a big issue, we went around charity shops collecting cups and saucers and asked for donations as well. They were really successful and we were asked back to sell them at a local church three times.

“We all loved the experience and have learned so much from it all.”

The Spark Enterprises team from Hamilton received the Quality Award and Marketing Award on the night. For their business the students made their own bath bombs, bracelets and hand decorated iPhone covers which they sold at the event in Cumbernauld as well as after assemblies and fayres at school. The pupils also organised letters to Santa.

Phillip Henderson said: “The letters to Santa went down really well with mums and dads, they filled in a form with all the details and we sent the letters out the day before Christmas Eve.

“People appreciated that all our products were handmade and reasonably priced.”

At the finals, held at the University of the West of Scotland, enterprise education representatives Helen Salt from South Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council’s Lynne Taylor spent time interviewing pupils and finding out about their trade stands before the groups had to make a presentation to business judges from Airdrie Savings Bank and IT company Spaarks Ltd.

Dr Peter Hughes, OBE and chief executive from Scottish Engineering was the guest speaker on the day.

Other teams showing their hard work on the night included the ML6 group from Airdrie Academy, whose members made products from old jewellery and Starburst sweet wrappers. The 17-strong team also sold knitted Christmas decorations and friendship bracelets.

The St Ambrose High School team designed memory mugs to sell, commemorating the last year of the school before moving to a new building. Pupils also ordered and sold ribbons to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Business engagement coordinator Helen Salt said: “The standard for this year has been very high. It’s not just about profit it’s about ideas and seeing them come to life.

“All the teams were real companies with real roles. The awards show the best of young enterprise in Lanarkshire.”

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