Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneurs Land themselves an award

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Fishermen Konrad and Kamil Kosieradzki are named as the Outer Hebrides top young entrepreneurs at the regional finals of the 2012 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards.

Konrad (29) and Kamil Kosieradzki (28), founders of K&K Fishing based in Uist were announced as regional winners at a ceremony at Langass Lodge on the Isle of North Uist. They were presented with a £1000 cash prize by Mrs Pauline Bell Volunteer Development Manager with Youth Business Scotland, the prize was generously sponsored by Lloyds TSB Scotland. Konrad and Kamil will now be considered by the judging panel to be entered into the national final taking place at Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday 13th November 2012.

Originally from Poland, Konrad & Kamil Kosieradzki moved to Uist in 2005 and after gaining general experience in the seafood and fishing sector they purchased their own vessel the ‘Stelimar’ in 2009. The boat is a scallop dredger which operates out of Kallin harbour on the east coast of Uist around the local fishing grounds, their catch is landed daily to the Kallin Shellfish processing plant.

The runner-up is 27 year old Graham Macleod, founder of Graham Macleod Driver Training, established in 2010 to provide driving tuition for the isles of Uist and Benbecula. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Youth Business Scotland regional manager, Sarah Maclean said, “These young entrepreneurs represent some of the most talented, creative and dedicated business people in Scotland today and we are delighted to be able to recognise and reward their achievements through these awards.”

Local businessman and PTYBS Regional Chair, Cllr. Roddie Mackay said “These Awards are essential in encouraging a culture that values business ambition and innovation and we are delighted to support Youth Business Scotland in creating this entrepreneurial environment.”

The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare adviser, Lynne Macmillan, who was named Outer Hebrides’ regional Volunteer of the Year. Through her post with Business Gateway in Uist Lynne has assisted the Youth Business Scotland regional manager with everything from compiling client business plans to securing premises and providing aftercare support. Volunteers work for the organisation, with the sole aim of helping young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice during the first two years in business. Lynne will go forward and have the chance of winning the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national award finals in November.