Ruairidh MacDonald is named Edinburgh’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 25 year old founder of Greenspace Landscapes in Edinburgh was announced as regional winner at a ceremony at Microsoft Scotland’s office in Edinburgh last night. He was presented with a £1000 cash prize by Derrick McCourt of Microsoft Scotland, sponsors of the winner’s award. Mr MacDonald 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 £2000.
Ruairidh MacDonald, set up Greenspace Landscapes in early 2009 and provides high quality garden maintenance and landscaping services to over forty clients throughout the Lothians, Fife and central Scotland. He recently recruited another member of staff and has expanded by introducing a professional lawn care service which has proved very popular among his clients. The business is profitable and has surpassed its growth targets set for the first year.
The runner-up is Catriona Perry who started her business called Dance Division in February 2008. Based in Edinburgh, Dance Division offers a range of dance classes to primary and secondary schools, community centres, youth groups and charities throughout throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. The 23 year old employs 25 dance teachers who provide 70 hours of dance class tuition per week. Ms Perry also has a merchandising agreement with ‘All Tied Up’ who market a range of Dance Division t-shirts, hoodys, caps and gym sacks through direct mail. The Rt. Hon. George Grubb, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, presented Ms Perry with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate.
Lord Provost George Grubb said: “These young people have already achieved a tremendous amount and no doubt their example will inspire lots of other budding young businesspeople to pursue their dreams. On behalf of the people of Edinburgh, I congratulate our young entrepreneurs and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”
Both the winner and the runner-up 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 at the awards ceremony, PSYBT regional manager, Grant Laidlaw 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.”
Derrick McCourt of Microsoft Scotland 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 Edinburgh region but throughout Scotland.”
The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of Panel Chairman, Sandy Donald, who was named Edinburgh’s Regional Volunteer of the Year. A PSYBT Regional Manager assists with everything from compiling a business plan to securing premises. Once the business plan is ready, the client presents their plan to a funding panel. Sandy, who worked for many years for RBS but now runs his own IT Consultancy, New Leaves Limited, has chaired many panels over his 20 years of volunteering with PSYBT and has also assisted some of the clients at those panels as an Aftercare Adviser. Both Panel Members and Aftercare Advisers 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 Donald will go forward and have the chance of winning the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national award finals in November.
For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Grant Laidlaw on tel 0131 347 9831 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: Ruairidh MacDonald, www.greenspace-landscapes.co.uk, info@greenspace-landscapes,
0131 332 8164 / 07549490221