Derek is given liveWIRE award

A FALKIRK based entrepreneur has won a prestigious award for his business - less than a year after he set up his company.

Derek Keir set up Umitima in February last year to help and inspire young people in the fight against poverty and inequality.

He is currently working with schools, colleges and universities to equip

people with skills which will be useful to them when volunteering.

His unique idea won him a 1000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Idea award.

Derek (29) of Brightons came up with his plan after taking part in a 100 mile charity run over two days.

He said: "I've been a charity volunteer for over four years and started

training for the marathon way in advance.

"Many of those who supported me during the 100 miles hadn't but they pushed themselves further than they had ever run before and that

really inspired me.

"People from all parts of the world want to get involved in fighting poverty and we aim to provide that opportunity to schools and

help young people achieve that goal in an interactive and positive way that suits them best.

"Umitima was established to increase the skills, knowledge and

understanding of volunteers to help them in their efforts to make a lasting difference in the area of development they choose to support.

"Winning this award from Shell LiveWIRE is a great boost for me and for

the business and will allow me to progress the business further to create a lasting legacy for people from some of the poorest communities

in the world."

As well as running his business, Derek, a PE teacher at Denny High,

runs Friend of Edusport, a charity which aims to provide education and sport to youngsters in Zambia.

James Smith, chairman of Shell UK, said: "There is a wealth of entrepreneurial talent in the UK and I hope other young entrepreneurs

will be inspired by Derek to capitalise on their own ideas. We wish him every success."