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Shetland Shoormal. From left to right: Stuart Robertson, Rhona Clark, Kaila Ratter, Mia Sloey, Fraser Jamieson, Tammy Edwardson, Sophie Jamieson, Molly Budge and Oliver Wood.

TWO Young Enterprise companies from Brae High School which have a focus on the environment will be hoping for success after reaching the national Young Enterprise Scotland finals.

Shetland Shoormal and Affcuttins, who are both made up of S6 students, are among 17 regional finalists who will proceed to the national finals on 1 June.

Shetland Shoormal aims to reduce plastic pollution and protect the coastal environment, and the group has produced canvas bags that are widely available in local shops.

Affcuttins. Left to right: Scott Moncrieff, Blayne Ratter, Andrew Leach and Kianna Pottinger.

Affcuttins is a small business, incorporating environmentally-friendly materials into their products.

The group has designed and manufactured garden plant markers made from recycled slates, which are also sold locally.

The national Young Enterprise programme in schools aims to inspire young people to learn and success through enterprise.

The students at Brae High School this year have also gained YES [Young Enterprise Scotland] accreditation at SCQF level six, which is equivalent to Higher exam level.

Brae High School headteacher Logan Nicolson said: “We are so proud of both our teams for having their outstanding work recognised by placing among Scotland’s top 17 Young Enterprise groups.

“What makes this all the more remarkable is to have achieved this in such a disrupted and difficult year.

“Not only did they show their business and enterprise credentials but also a real commitment to their values and tackling social issues. I wish them every success in the Scottish finals in June.”