A 17 year-old from Dunfermline has been named West Fife young Entrepreneur 2013 – winning a package of business support worth £10,000 including legal services from CCW LLP.
Lachlan Edwards came out on top from a shortlist of five finalists, impressing the judges with his United Bass Culture concept, an online music promotion platform which uses social media as a hub.
All five finalists presented their ideas to the judges at the culmination of the awards programme, which was run by CCW.
Donna Reynolds, partner with CCW, who hosted the awards night, said: “Everyone was impressed by Lachlan and especially the fact that he has developed and refined his idea over a period of time.
“The judges subjected Lachlan and the other finalists to some fairly tough questioning, but also offered them great advice. The spirit of young enterprise is clearly alive and kicking in West Fife and CCW and all the other sponsors wish Lachlan the very best. We also hope the other finalists will go on to pursue their own business dreams.”
The package of support for the winner also includes £2500 cash when the business is registered, accountancy services from Thomson Cooper (who ran the inaugural programme last year) and financial and banking support from Bank of Scotland. The other sponsors were H Samuel, Business Gateway Fife, the Dunfermline Press, Upstream IT, the GS Group, Florizel Media, Sign Plus, Taxi Central and 75 Degrees Catering.
Judges were Fife entrepreneur Gerard Eadie CBE from CR Smith, Scott Cairns of James Donaldson & Sons Limited, Pauline Braisby of Hand Picked and Scotland rugby star Ally Kellock. They selected Lachlan after all five presentations at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline – a very appropriate venue for young entrepreneurs to make their mark.
“The business community really stepped up to the plate to make this year’s awards programme a great success,” said Donna. “West Fife has a thriving and mutually supportive business community – and CCW looks forward to being involved again in an even bigger, better programme for 2014.”