Gregor Mackintosh is named Grampian’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 23 year old founder of Mackintosh of Glendaveny in Peterhead was announced as regional winner at a ceremony at Haddo House Library in Aberdeenshire yesterday. He was presented with a £1000 cash prize by Jim Milne, chairman and managing director of Aberdeen-based Balmoral Group, sponsors of the winner’s award. Mr Mackintosh 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.
Mr Mackintosh launched his business in 2009, harvesting his own rapeseed crop to produce The Mackintosh of Glendaveny Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Oil. The rapeseed is harvested, pressed and bottled on his family’s 800 acre farm, and sold to farm shops, delicatessens, butchers, and major supermarkets throughout Scotland.
Mr Mackintosh developed the idea for his business whilst studying at the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen. The oil is 100% naturally pure with tremendous health benefits. It also has the lowest saturated fat level of any alternative, as well as 10 times more Omega 3 than Olive Oil, and is a good source of vitamin E.
The runner-up is Adam Raymond of A & M Masonry, a stone masonry and lime works firm based in Fochabers, which restores and conserves stone buildings throughout Scotland. The master craftsman launched A & M Masonry in May 2008. He now has six employees, including two apprentices who are training to be stone masons and Mr Raymond plans to increase the workforce to nine within the next six months. A representative from Moray Council presented Mr Raymond with a £500 cash prize and a 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, Keith Hewitt 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.”
Jim Milne of Balmoral Group 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 Grampian region but throughout Scotland.”
The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare advisor, Michael Craig, who was named Grampian’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 Craig 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, Keith Hewitt on 01224 289709 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: Gregor Mackintosh, Mackintosh of Glendaveny, email@example.com
01343 821040, 07826 686972
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