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UHI Business Awards: Shaker maker is top entrepreneur at University of the Highlands and Islands awards


By Alan Shields


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Jack Barrie with Professor Vicky Johnson, Centre for Remote & Sustainable Communities, UHI Inverness.
Jack Barrie with Professor Vicky Johnson, Centre for Remote & Sustainable Communities, UHI Inverness.

A supplement shaker with a difference won an Inverness businessman some serious credit at the UHI business awards.

Jack Barrie (22), from Inverness, picked up the commercial and young entrepreneur award.

His business, VShake, is a start-up working on designing a supplement shaker, which is at the pre-launch stage.

He’s been forging business relations in recent times in order to secure a commercial launch this year.

Jack said: “My story is a bit cliché – I started selling sweets in the playground when I was eight.

“I wasn’t the most academically gifted at school but I always had a knack for business.

“I took at an education at UHI but then went to work offshore when I was 18.

“And when I turned 19 that’s when I started this business.

“Business-wise things are going absolutely fantastic.

“It’s all uncharted territory when you start up a business.”

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