Young entrepreneurs were recognised last Friday, when The Prince’s Trust held a business ceremony at Stornoway Town Hall.
The ‘Celebrate Success’ gathering gave The Trust a chance to mark the success of people aged 16 to 30 in the Outer Hebrides, who have set up their own businesses.
Some of the inspiring entrepreneurs had stands at the event, showcasing their products and services, and all were presented with an Enterprise Certificate.
The Prince’s Trust provides mentoring support through a great team of volunteers, some of whom were presented with certificates to acknowledge their on-going support.
This event was organised by the local Prince’s Trust Enterprise Executive, Donna MacLeod, with proceedings led by Cllr Roddie Mackay, The Trust’s Regional Chairman.
Volunteers who help The Trust are locally based people with a diverse range of business skills and experience, who give their time to help young people achieve the strongest start in business.
Some of the inspiring entrepreneurs had stands at the event, showcasing their products and services. These Included Sarah Graham of Island Gift Boxes, Nicola Woodard of N.W Designs and Rachel Kate MacLeod of RK Graphic Design.
A competition was held as part of this event and the results were very close - the winner, two equal runners-up and three other finalists were announced on the day. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar sponsored the £500 prize for the overall winner – this prize went to David Steele of Uist Sea Tours.
Two equal runners-up were Sarah Graham of Island Gift Boxes and Nicola Woodard of N.W Designs – both businesses are based on the Isle of Lewis and sell their products in some local outlets and also directly through Facebook. The Bank of Scotland very kindly sponsored a £250 prize for Nicola to further invest in her business’s development.
The Royal Bank of Scotland very kindly sponsored a £250 prize for Sarah to enable her to contribute towards her business plans. The Prince’s Trust is incredibly grateful to all three sponsors. The other three finalists also received a prize of £100 each, which was very kindly
sponsored by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Christina MacLeod of Hair by Christina, who is getting busier all the time, works part-time at M ‘n’ M’s Hair Design Salon in Stornoway and also runs a mobile hair service.
Another finalist was Kirsty Mackenzie of Nails by Kirsty @ Beautify, who is getting great feedback for her nail services – she works at Beautify Beauty Salon in Stornoway.
The other equal finalist was Jake Johnson of JJ Development, who works as a Web Developer and is expanding his portfolio with his IT skills.