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Gift company idea impresses judges

Left to Right: Shetland Gift Company members Scott Smith, Jack Irvine, Cameron Andrews, Michael Jamieson with local MSP Tavish Scott who presented the award. Photo: Stewart Hornal

FOUR young lads from Lerwick’s Anderson High School will represent Shetland in the forthcoming national final of the Young Enterprise Scotland company programme awards.

Scott Smith, Jack Irvine, Cameron Andrews and Michael Jamieson of Shetland Gift Company were crowned the local regional winner during an event at the Shetland Museum and Archives earlier this week.

Shetland Gift Company designed and sold Shetland themed cards and giftware promoting local artists.

Head judge Ben Laurenson said he and his two colleagues were impressed at the “courage and aptitude” shown by the three finalists.

“The winners Shetland Gift Company were the group that showed how capable they were in all aspects of the process by starting their business, developing and selling their product, and ultimately winding up their business after making a profit,” he said.

“The judges wish the Shetland Gift Company the best of luck for the regional finals in June and hope that all of the teams learn from this experience to help them achieve success in the future.”

The other two finalists were Emunio and Equipo, both also based at the Anderson High School.

Young Enterprise Shetland area chairman Martin Summers said: “Shetland is at a crossroads and as a community we must work together to improve the lives of everyone in Shetland.

“This is particularly important for our young folk as we need to make Shetland an attractive place to live, work, study and invest.”

The national final will be held at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 6 June.

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