West Lothian Top Young Entpreneurs are Revealed

Michael Smith is named West Lothian's top young
entrepreneur at the regional finals of the 2010 Prince's Scottish Youth
Business Trust (PSYBT) 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' Awards.

The 26-year-old founder of Personal Best Health Fitness & Wellbeing in
Bathgate was announced as regional winner at a ceremony in the West Lothian
Civic Centre in Livingston last night.  He was presented with a £1,000 cash
prize by Councillor Martyn Day, Executive Councillor – Development and
Transport, of West Lothian Council, whose Business Gateway service sponsored
the awards.  Mr Smith will now be considered by the judging panel to be
entered into the national final taking place at Glasgow's City Chambers on
Tuesday 16th November 2010. Six of the 18 regional winners are selected to
compete for the coveted national title of PSYBT 'Young Entrepreneur of the
Year' and the opportunity to win an additional £2,000.

Mr Smith began his career in the fitness industry in 2001 working as a
personal trainer having graduated in sports massage therapy and qualified in
therapeutic massage. Latterly he worked as a coach with West Lothian Leisure
and spent time lecturing prior to setting up his own business in October
2008. Personal Best Health, Fitness & Wellbeing offers personal training at
a Livingston gym and a sports massage service based at Mr Smith's home
studio.  Earlier this year, he helped prepare the Scottish Women's rugby
squad for their Six Nations tournament and was also appointed as the
official massage therapist for Basketball Scotland and accompanied the
Scottish junior ladies team to the European Championships in Romania last
month.

In addition to providing a massage service to a number of local businesses,
Mr Smith also works with a number of West Lothian GPs on a referral basis
and his aim is to work as a specialist in exercise rehabilitation helping
patients recover from cancer. Mr Smith's other ambition is to work at the
Olympic Games in 2012 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, whilst
continuing to expand his corporate business.

The runner-up is hairdresser Rebecca Kelly (24) who owns RK Hair Studio in
Bathgate's Union Road. Ms Kelly launched her business in May 2008, inspired
by her husband who runs his own successful window cleaning and landscaping
business. As well as offering a full range of hair treatments, the salon,
which employs 3 staff as well as trainees, also offers nail treatments that
are provided by a trained nail technician.

Ms Kelly also works closely with Ambition Centre for Training, which
provides SVQ level qualifications to school pupils. She hosts and trains
pupils from West Lothian secondary schools to SVQ level one standard and is
planning to expand this side of her venture to include barbering as well as
ladies hairdressing. Councillor Day presented Ms Kelly with a cash prize of
£500 cash and a runner's-up certificate.
Three other businesses were recognised at the ceremony for their
achievements since starting their businesses with PSYBT support. They are
Lindsay McGeechan (26) of Beauty Boutique in Bathgate, Jonathan Sneddon (25)
of Valet Master (Scotland) ltd, West Calder and Damian and Joseph Duffin
(both 24) of Experience Exercise also of Bathgate.

All of the finalists received funding, advice and support from PSYBT, which
during the last twenty-one years, has supported almost 12,000 young people
to start over 10, 000 businesses, providing £31.5million in funding and
additional assistance.

Speaking before the awards ceremony, PSYBT regional chair, Sue Cook said,
“Our regional finalists have demonstrated ambition, courage and
determination to set up and develop their own businesses.  Youth enterprise
is something to be recognised and applauded and we wish them all the best
for the national final.”

Councillor Day of West Lothian Council added, “We are delighted to support
PSYBT and these awards which recognise the achievements of Scotland's young
people and encourage an environment that celebrates business innovation.
Entrepreneurship is essential to our future prosperity not just in the West
Lothian region but throughout Scotland.”

The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and
inspiration of aftercare advisor, Detlef Lorenz, who was named West Lothian's
regional Volunteer of the Year. The PSYBT regional manager works with the
Business Gateway advisers to assist with everything from compiling a
business plan to securing premises.  Once the business is up and running, an
aftercare adviser is appointed, all of whom are experts in their fields.
They work as volunteers for the organisation, with the sole aim of helping
young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice
during the first two years in business.  Mr Lorenz will go forward and have
the chance of winning the coveted title of 'Volunteer of the Year' at the
national award finals in November.

Ends

For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Malcolm Evans on
tel. 01506 777920    or Margaret Gibson/Emma Fitzpatrick at PSYBT head
office on Tel no. 0141 248 4999.  Visit the PSYBT Website at
www.psybt.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

Contact: Michael Smith on www.personalbestuk.com, Michael@personalbestuk.com
M. 0754 356 748

Contact: Rebecca Kelly, Mbecca4@aol.co.uk
T. 01506 638 031
M. 07513493658

Contact: Lindsay McGeechan
T. 01506 634 567
M. 07731325435

Contact:Jonathan Sneddon, www.valetmasterscotland.com
enquiries@valetmasterscotland.com
T. 0889 173 979
M. 07825325814

Contact Damian & Joseph Duffin, experienceexcercise@hotmail.co.uk
M. 07735551135
M. 07849030049

Contact: Jen Nash
Phone: 07971 466 220
Email: jen@panachecommunications.co.uk
Website: http://www.