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FIFTEEN 'companies' which have been set up by pupils from schools across the country are competing in the prestigious nal of the Young Enterprise Scotland Awards at the Glasgow istle Hotel on June 17.

e awards, which are in their 20th year, recognise the achievements of the students taking part in Young Enterprise Scotland's Company Programme.

e students, who are aged between 16 and 18, and their companies have already won regional nals held over the past couple of months. Some 2329 students and 140 schools have taken part in the programme and created a total of 219 new businesses.

Among the award categories they will be competing for are the Best Company Report, Best Trade Stand, Best Presentation categories as well as the top award, the Young Enterprise Scotland Company of the Year, supported by Barclays Other categories at the awards include e Marketing Society Star School Award, Quality Scotland Organisational Excellence Award, Social Enterprise Impact Award, Link Teacher of the Year Award, Business Adviser of the Year Award, IoD Director of the Year Award, Asda Retail Excellence Award, the People's Choice Award, QTS Innovation Award and IIYP Investors in People Award.

e nalists include: STAMP! from Argyll & Bute, which created innovative handmade products using sustainable materials sourced from the local community. The Go Co from Ayrshire, which produced high quality cotton bags for life. Castle Dining from Dumfries & Galloway, which produced a cookbook with recipes from the local area and worked closely with talented local chefs and businesses.

Dunbartonshire's Dinamus, which upcycled old vinyl records into wall clocks, coasters and photo frames with a distinct 1950s theme.

Empresa from Fife, which made handmade gis and bag for bags. Forth Valley's The Wee Box Company, which made themed giboxes.

iWood from Glasgow, which made high quality, sustainable wooden tablet stands that amplify sound. Grampian's Top Glass, which melted bottles to create unique serving plates.

Aspect from Highland & Moray, which made a colourful bag for bags and re ective iron-on shapes for children's clothing.

Rise Enterprise from Lanarkshire, which has been working with local businesses to produce a local cookbook with the aim of improving the community spirit in Airdrie.

Dundas Links from Lothian, which has have brought a new, fresh take on cuinks to the modern market by using antique coins and shotgun shells instead of blander decorations.

Fjara from Orkney, which created seaglass jewellery from seaglass washed up on local beaches. Renfrewshire's RedThistle, which created a unique lambswool tartan scarf for their school uniform which they sold in feeder primary schools as well as within their school. CastAway Enterprises from Shetland, which created a board game, Shetlandopoly, which was designed by the team to help tourists learn more about the area and what to see and do.

Infinity from Tayside, which successfully sold a number of seasonal products throughout the year. One of their big achievements was to secure a retail unit in their local high street for a month in the run up to Christmas. |

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Above: Lochend Community High School, one of last years winners

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Date:Jun 1, 2015
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