Festival of Youth Enterprise – Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, Today

By May 24, 2019

L to R, Paula Ritchie (RBS), Graeme Easton (announcer), Geoff Leask (CEO YE Scotland), Molly McFarlane (fashion blogger) and Steven Galloni (SKapade Studios).

Young people from across Scotland came together today (Thursday 23 May) to participate in The Festival of Youth Enterprise 2019.

Run annually by Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), a charity that develops young people’s business skills, the festival hosted over 200 S1-S3 students who had the opportunity to engage with industry experts and take part in motivating and inspiring workshops to promote an ‘enterprise for all’ ethos.

The Festival took place at RBS Gogarburn’s Conference Centre with a wide range of enterprise activities on the day which included talks and workshops from inspiring young entrepreneurs and inventors. There were also opportunities for students to interact with potential employers and further and higher education establishments.

Speakers at the event included Paula Ritchie, Head of Business Development at the Royal Bank of Scotland, who supports a team to provide expertise, run events and connect businesses with the right partners to help them achieve their ambitions.

SKapade Studios, run by two young entrepreneurs spoke about their innovative state-of-the art, award winning, independent music studio based in Dumbarton, which offers music production training, personal development, media workshops and vocational education.

Also sharing his story of success was Robbie MacIssac, a young entrepreneur from Falkirk. As a keen bagpiper, he recognised a need for a product that could eradicate moisture within the instrument.

Molly McFarlane, a Manchester-based fashion blogger from Glasgow, told the young people about her social media work with Instagram and YouTube working with a number of high fashion brands.

Young people from two primary schools which achieved success in one of Young Enterprise Scotland’s programmes – the Circular Economy Challenge – were also at the event.

The children from St Vincent’s Primary School in Glasgow took part in the first Circular Economy Challenge in 2018 and won the Circular Glasgow prize for the most commercial idea. The young entrepreneurs presented a reusable pen made from contact lenses, gardening tools made from plastic bottles and a cushion made from scrapped material. Whitdale Primary School from Whitburn took part in partnership with Veolia and the young people developed their knowledge of being eco-aware and how they can contribute to the Circular Economy.

Set up in 1992, Young Enterprise Scotland supports around 15,000 young people each year, helping them develop their business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills. By advocating and adopting a ‘learning by doing’ approach and delivering tailored accredited training programmes, YES helps young people to become more employable and job ready.

Commenting on the annual Festival, YES Chief Executive, Geoff Leask said:

“Our Festival of Youth Enterprise is the flagship Enterprise event for young people featuring a broad range of enterprise activities involving young people from across Scotland. Events like these help meet both our aim and that of the Scottish Government to have an innovative and successful Scotland in the future.”