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Inverness High School, Millburn Academy and Glenurquhart High School set out their stalls in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in the Highland capital


By Louise Glen

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Youth Enterprise Scotland, Inverness Christmas Markets 2021. Glen Urquhart High School pupils; Abi Chisholm and Catherine Hart , Forrest of Thought.
Youth Enterprise Scotland, Inverness Christmas Markets 2021. Glen Urquhart High School pupils; Abi Chisholm and Catherine Hart , Forrest of Thought.

Pupils from schools in and around Inverness set out their stalls in the Eastgate.

Teams from Inverness High School, Millburn Academy and Glenurquhart High School were taking part in the annual Young Enterprise Christmas trade fair, selling products they’d made themselves.

Flame from Millburn Academy did a roaring trade with their range of recycled bottle lights and picked up the mystery shopper award, while bird feeders from Inverness High School’s Go Wild and plant pots and decorations made from recycled materials by Glenurquhart’s Forrest of Thought flew off the shelves.

Go Wild also took home the equality and inclusion award for impressive teamwork.

Youth Enterprise Scotland, Inverness Christmas Markets 2021. Inverness High School pupils; Brandon Platt and Stewart MacFarlane of Go Wild
Youth Enterprise Scotland, Inverness Christmas Markets 2021. Inverness High School pupils; Brandon Platt and Stewart MacFarlane of Go Wild

The Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme for Highland and Moray runs in partnership with local schools to encourage young people to experience the challenges of running a business.

Over the course of a year teams from individual schools learn how to run a successful business by designing and making products, marketing them and managing the financial side of the business. The scheme is aimed at 15-to-19-year-olds and teams are supported by teachers, a volunteer business adviser from the local community, and an Area Team.

Linda Thomas, chairwoman of Young Enterprise Scotland Highland and Moray said: “Our judges were really impressed with the creativity and professionalism of this year’s teams and their flair for selling to the public.

Youth Enterprise Scotland, Inverness Christmas Markets 2021. Milburn Academy pupils; Caroline Dunthorne, Lexi McNeil-Legg and Derryn Fretwell of Flame
Youth Enterprise Scotland, Inverness Christmas Markets 2021. Milburn Academy pupils; Caroline Dunthorne, Lexi McNeil-Legg and Derryn Fretwell of Flame

“The trade fair is a great way for young people to learn about marketing and telling the stories behind their products.

"The entrepreneurial spirit of the teams was outstanding and we’re delighted with how far they’ve all already progressed since they started the programme earlier this year.”


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