Grangemouth team sparkles in business game

Grangemouth High School's 'Blitz n Glitz' team took the Best Use of IT prize at the Young Enterprise Scotland Forth Valley Area Awards
Grangemouth High School's 'Blitz n Glitz' team took the Best Use of IT prize at the Young Enterprise Scotland Forth Valley Area Awards

Pupils enjoyed glittering success in a business competition designed to find the entrepreneurs of the future.

The youngster’s from Grangemouth High School were praised for their IT skills in the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Forth Valley area awards.

Last week’s prizegiving ceremony in Stirling’s Albert Hall brought together six teams from five schools. Made up of S5 and S6 pupils, the teams were challenged to run their own companies and develop a wide range of skills during the year-long entrepreneurial experience.

Grangemouth’s team – Georgia Allan, Jenna Arnott, Joe Burt, Katrina Dawson, Robyn Gibb, Caitlin Greenaway, Adam Kemp, Emily Marshall, Trudie Quinn and Olivia Stevenson, were assisted by link teacher Jane McGuigan and business advisor Kevin Reid from McDonald’s restaurants.

As well as taking the trophy for Best Use of IT, the seniors also came second in the Best Company Report category and third in the Best Trade Stand.

Their Blitz n Glitz company decorated mobile phone covers and compacts with glitter to make eye-catching products which appealed to all ages.

Ken Cunningham, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland, praised the YES Scotland company programme and claimed it is even more relevant today than when it was launched 40 years ago.

He said: “With Curriculum for Excellence’s four capacities and the renewed emphasis on ‘Skills for Learning, Life and Work’, the company programme is ideally placed to add value to young people’s senior phase experience.

“It is increasingly seen as one of a school’s more important wider achievement strategies. I couldn’t recommend it enough especially when on an annual basis I see the hugely successful outcomes for young people across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

Overall winner for Forth Valley was Bo’ness Academy’s The Wee Box Company who now go forward to represent the region at the national awards in Glasgow on June 17.