Raphael Metayer and Carina Neubert Favero are named Fife’s top young entrepreneurs at the regional finals of the 2010 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards.
The founders of the St Andrews Golf Experience were announced as regional winners at a ceremony at The Boathouse in Aberdour yesterday. They were presented with a £1000 cash prize by Ken Munro, HR Director of Babcock, sponsors of the winner’s award. Raphael Metayer and Carina Neubert Favero 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.
Raphael Metayer (31) is French and came to Scotland in 2004 to gain experience in the golf industry and study for a BA in Golf Management. Brazilian born Carina Neubert Favero (23) arrived in Scotland in 2007 and has a BA Honours in Hospitality and extensive experience within the hospitality sector. The pair are fluent in five languages enabling the couple to sell their golf tours of Scotland to the European market, a segment previously underdeveloped by their competitors.
Since they launched the business in 2008 offering bespoke packages for golfers, they have welcomed over 500 visitors to Fife and the rest of Scotland. The couple are recent winners of the PSYBT Moffat Awards prize for economic and community impact in the travel and tourism business. This achievement demonstrates their contribution to Fife’s target to grow the tourism industry by 20% by 2020 and also acknowledges the potential of this company’s future growth and sustainability.
The runners-up are Polish born brothers, Arthur (30) and Simon Krolczyk (26) who set up their company, Arthur and Simon Garden Maintenance in 2008 offering garden maintenance and landscaping services to customers in Fife and Kinross. The company now employs three full time staff and benefits from a regular clientele of over 40 customers. The pair are committed to complete customer satisfaction and the company’s website is packed with customer testimonials praising their high standards and dedication. A representative from Fife Council presented them 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 £35.1million in funding and additional assistance.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, PSYBT regional manager, Fiona Turnbull 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.”
Ken Munro of Babcock added, “These awards are showcase of Scotland’s most talented young business entrepreneurs. Their creativity, determination and innovation will help them carve out successful futures for themselves and also benefit local economies and communities throughout Scotland. We are delighted to be involved and look forward to following their future success.”
The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of panel member, Bill Kowbell, who was named Fife’s regional Volunteer of the Year. Volunteer panel members use their skills and experience to help young people who have taken the huge step of setting up their own businesses and are responsible for vetting all business plans, interviewing applicants and making the decisions on awards. Mr Kowbell 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, Fiona Turnbull on tel. 01592 858334 or Margaret Gibson/Emma Fitzpatrick at PSYBT head office on Tel no. 0141 248 4999. Visit the PSYBT website at www.psybt.org.uk
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