Scotland’s leading youth enterprise organisation has made two new senior appointments in Grampian.
Keith Hewitt joins The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) as regional manager and Gary McEwan has been appointed regional chairman. In his new role, Mr Hewitt will support young entrepreneurs aged between 18 – 25 years old who are looking to establish or grow their own businesses throughout Grampian and Morayshire. As well as providing advice with business plans, he will guide young entrepreneurs through the start-up process, help them to secure funding and offer aftercare support to ensure their ongoing business success.
Based at the PSYBT office in Aberdeen, Mr Hewitt and his team will also be responsible for supporting the dedicated volunteer panel members and aftercare advisers throughout Grampian and Moray.
Brought up on his family’s farm near Ellon, he spent the early part of his career learning about farm management and in 2000 became a buyer with an animal feed company Harbro Ltd of Turriff. Eight years later he joined The Scout Association’s headquarters in Dunfermline as a programme and development officer, prior to returning to Aberdeenshire to take up his new role with PSYBT.
Mr McEwan, who is currently chief executive of Enterprise North East Trust has been appointed chairman of PSYBT. As chief executive of Enterprise North East Trust, he focuses on the further development of Enterprise's work with young and growing businesses across the north east of Scotland. Mr McEwan is a former UK Entrepreneur of the year and winner of the 'UK most significant growth' award. He is an active promoter of enterprise and received the 'Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion' in 2005.
Commenting, PSYBT chief executive, Mark Strudwick, said, “We are delighted to welcome Mr Hewitt and Mr McEwan to PSYBT. Their experience, commitment, and enthusiasm will undoubtedly deliver significant benefits to our clients and our volunteers throughout Grampian and Moray.”
To date PSYBT has supported over 11,500 individuals to start almost 110,000 businesses and provided over £34million in funding alongside a whole package of other assistance tailored to the needs of each individual. Last year PSYBT invested £2million in 681 young people involved in 621 businesses.
For further information please contact Jen Nash, Panache Communications on 0141 589 0514 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Gibson of PSYBT on 0141 342 5942. You can also check out the PSYBT website at www.psybt.org.uk.