Pure Success for Argyll Top Young Entrepreneur

Pauline Foster is named as Argyll’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 27 year old founder of Pure Shores in Oban was announced as regional winner at a ceremony at Argyll & Bute’s offices in Oban today, where she was presented with a £1000 cash prize.  Ms Foster 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. 

 Ms Foster graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2006 with a degree in Marketing Management and went to work as a PR & Events Assistant for a national company. It was during this time that she became a regular visitor to the West Coast and in 2007 she identified a niche in the market for local PR services.  In 2008 she established her own PR business, Pure Shores and has since managed to secure a regular clientele. The young entrepreneur is passionate about the West Coast and her aim is to promote a range of inspiring, cultural events & tourism establishments throughout the West Coast of Scotland. Clients include Cowal Highland Gathering, Duart Castle, Inveraray Jail, and Oban & Lorn Tourism Association. 

The runners-up are Cameron and Struan Smith (24), twins from Oban who set up their business, Coastal Connection in 2009. Coastal Connection is a cabined RIB service that travels all around the Islands and Lochs of the West Coast of Scotland. It is the only RIB service that is available all, year round providing a variety of services, including tourist trips to see the wildlife, visits to Tobermory, quick transfers, private charters and even a service for those who have missed an important ferry crossing. Commercial clients include building contractors, the Northern Light House Board and Scottish Associations for Marine Science. 

Since starting their business, the two brothers have gone from strength to strength. They are extremely passionate about raising the tourism profile of The West Coast of Scotland and receive endless enquiries from all over the world regarding their services. A representative from Argyll & Bute Council presented the Smith brothers with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate. 

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, Sharita Padaruth 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.”

The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare advisor, Sandy Dunlop, who was named Argyll’s regional Volunteer of the Year. A PSYBT regional manager assists 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 Dunlop will go forward and have the chance of winning the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national award finals in November. 

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 For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Sharita Padaruth on tel. 07917 305553 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

 

Pure Shores

www.pureshorespr.co.uk

Pauline@pureshorespr.co.uk

+ 44 (0) 1631 569 651

+ 44 (0) 7791573247

 

Cameron & Struan Smith

Coastal Connection LLP           

Website Address                       www.coastal-connection.co.uk  

Email Address                          info@coastal-connection.co.uk 

Telephone Number                    01631565833    

Mobile Phone Number               07919615210

Pauline Foster is named as Argyll’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 27 year old founder of Pure Shores in Oban was announced as regional winner at a ceremony at Argyll & Bute’s offices in Oban today, where she was presented with a £1000 cash prize.  Ms Foster 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. 

 

Ms Foster graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2006 with a degree in Marketing Management and went to work as a PR & Events Assistant for a national company. It was during this time that she became a regular visitor to the West Coast and in 2007 she identified a niche in the market for local PR services.  In 2008 she established her own PR business, Pure Shores and has since managed to secure a regular clientele. The young entrepreneur is passionate about the West Coast and her aim is to promote a range of inspiring, cultural events & tourism establishments throughout the West Coast of Scotland. Clients include Cowal Highland Gathering, Duart Castle, Inveraray Jail, and Oban & Lorn Tourism Association.

 

The runners-up are Cameron and Struan Smith (24), twins from Oban who set up their business, Coastal Connection in 2009. Coastal Connection is a cabined RIB service that travels all around the Islands and Lochs of the West Coast of Scotland. It is the only RIB service that is available all, year round providing a variety of services, including tourist trips to see the wildlife, visits to Tobermory, quick transfers, private charters and even a service for those who have missed an important ferry crossing. Commercial clients include building contractors, the Northern Light House Board and Scottish Associations for Marine Science.

 

Since starting their business, the two brothers have gone from strength to strength. They are extremely passionate about raising the tourism profile of The West Coast of Scotland and receive endless enquiries from all over the world regarding their services. A representative from Argyll & Bute Council presented the Smith brothers with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate.

 

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, Sharita Padaruth 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.”

 

The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare advisor, Sandy Dunlop, who was named Argyll’s regional Volunteer of the Year. A PSYBT regional manager assists 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 Dunlop will go forward and have the chance of winning the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national award finals in November.

 

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For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Sharita Padaruth on tel. 07917 305553 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

 

Pure Shores

www.pureshorespr.co.uk

Pauline@pureshorespr.co.uk

+ 44 (0) 1631 569 651

+ 44 (0) 7791573247

 

Cameron & Struan Smith

Coastal Connection LLP           

Website Address                       www.coastal-connection.co.uk  

Email Address                          info@coastal-connection.co.uk 

Telephone Number                    01631565833    

Mobile Phone Number               07919615210

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