Academy does the business at YEG event

Inverurie Academy winners Fifth Scent with lead judge Christian MacLeod
Inverurie Academy winners Fifth Scent with lead judge Christian MacLeod

Inverurie Academy has emerged victorious at this year’s Young Enterprise Grampian finals event.

After beating off stiff competition from four other schools, Fifth Scent, with its range of scented candles and other products, scooped first place and Madera, who handcrafted oak serving boards, were runners up.

The Madera team with Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam

The Madera team with Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam

This is the fourth year in succession that Inverurie Academy has taken the top slot and gone on to represent the region at the Scottish Finals in June.

The winning company, which was set up and run by the school pupils, was judged on a number of criteria including its presentation, company report and trade stand.

The fledgling entrepreneurs faced a grilling from a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style judging panel at this year’s Final in front of an invited audience from business and education, and the Lord Provost of Aberdeen city.

Chairman of Young Enterprise, Neil Marchant of Nexen Petroleum, said: “Inverurie Academy have done it again!

“The marks were incredibly close this year with such strong performances from all the finalists.

“Our judging panel consisted of some of most experienced and exciting young entrepreneurs and those experienced in the worlds of business and education - they were all extremely keen to encourage these young people to harness the skills that they have learned during the Young Enterprise process and become tomorrow’s business leaders.”

The Young Enterprise Company programme, which is a registered charity, provides business experience for S5 and S6 pupils where participants run their own company throughout this year long entrepreneurial experience which is sponsored by Shell and Nexen.

The six finalist companies were selected from over 30 participating school teams from 21 schools throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The four other finalists were: The Cork Company (Hazlehead Academy), FOTO Alba (Peterhead Academy), Re-Jig (Oldmachar Academy) and Triple M (Meldrum Academy).

The judging panel was led by entrepreneur and fashion designer Christian MacLeod.