Enterprising students pick up award

Lews Castle College picking up their Social Enterprise in Education Award in Edinburgh.
Lews Castle College picking up their Social Enterprise in Education Award in Edinburgh.

A local college has won a national award for its enterprising approach to tackling social issues.

Lews Castle College, UHI received a Social Enterprise in Education Award from John Swinney MSP to recognise their business and its impact on the students and their local community in Stornoway, the Western Isles.

Students at Lews Castle have purchased 60 hens which their students with additional support needs look after. They collect the eggs and sell them to staff and students in the college, and provide some of the eggs to the college canteen.

They are looking to expand their business by erecting a new hen house and buying an additional flock of hens to keep up with the growing demand for fresh eggs. Their social enterprise has clear social, environmental and economic impacts.

The students are among scores of students from around Scotland setting up their own social enterprise businesses as part of a growing movement. They joined 31 other schools and colleges at the Awards ceremony on June 4th in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

Many of the emerging social enterprises winning awards for their entrepreneurial talents this year were kick started by pupils who are on a mission to improve the health in their community.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “I am delighted to help celebrate the achievements of these enterprising, innovative and creative young social entrepreneurs.  Setting up and running their own sustainable social enterprises for the benefit of local communities has helped them develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed, enhancing their work readiness which will help build a smarter, wealthier and fairer Scotland.”