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UHI Business Awards: Best student and most innovative business

By Alan Shields

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Shane Healy, Whyte and Mackay, with Chloe Muir.
Shane Healy, Whyte and Mackay, with Chloe Muir.

UHI Inverness business student has wind in her sails after scooping two awards at the University of the Highlands and Islands business awards.

Chloe Muir, from Keith, wants to install wind turbines by the road, railway and airport runways to transform the force of kinetic energy from fast-moving traffic into electricity.

She is also proposing an app that would identify how much energy is created on travellers’ journeys and compare journeys based on their approximated energy offsetting.

Chloe just completed her BA Business and Management degree, which she studies part-time with the support of her employer J and G Grant.

Chloe said: “During maternity leave I have been inspired by COP26 and unfortunately the cost-of-living crisis.

"The events in Ukraine were enough to convince me that I should enter this idea - anything we can do to have our own sustainable energy sources.”

She added: “To find out I’d won the most innovative business award, it was a complete shock.

"All the ideas from the other candidates sounded brilliant, I found a new sense of belief in myself as a result of winning. I am so glad I decided to enter this competition along with my studies; it was such a positive experience and confidence boost.

"The rest of the candidates were incredibly motivated and inspirational, it was a great day to be a part of.”

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