Lava hopes to erupt in enterprise

PUPILS from Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir were hoping to erupt their way onto the national business stage yesterday at the Scottish finals of the Young Enterprise Scotland awards.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday, the team of budding young entrepreneurs trading as Lava were attending the Scottish final in Glasgow when they came up against 16 other teams from all over Scotland, with the glittering prize of a place in the UK final in London up for grabs.

The Webster’s pupils, under the guidance of teacher Amy Nicolson and their business adviser Mrs Helen Stott of Delson Contracts, swept the boards in the regional final of the Young Enterprise Scotland Tayside Area Awards in Dundee.

Lava finished first with the Webster’s other team, TBC, finishing third.

Team Lava, made up of 13 pupils, emerged victorious in four categories - best presentation, best business plan, best company report and company of the year.

They had previously won the best trade stand at the annual trade fair in the Wellgate Centre in Dundee.

They are now in the running to scoop a prestigious Company of the Year accolade, with a chance to bag a host of other titles including Best Trade Stand of the Year and Best Presentation of the Year.

Lava had sold a number of bespoke hand-painted glasses.

The YES Awards celebrate the success of its Company Programme, which is designed to inspire young people to test out their business ideas by starting up small companies as members of a dynamic team.

Pupils aged 16 to 18 set up and run their own company in schools over the course of an academic year, electing a board of directors, raising share capital, marketing and financing a product or service of their own choice in order to gain valuable lessons about all aspects of business operations.

At the end of the year they liquidate the company and present a report and accounts.

Stuart Miller, chief executive of YES, said: “Congratulations to the pupils of Webster’s High School. All of our shortlisted candidates have gone above and beyond to overcome challenges in business over the last academic year.

“The programme has tested the pupils at times, but enabled them to develop and learn from the experiences they now share.

“Each school deserves to be recognised for its hard work and I am looking forward to seeing the overall winners on the night.”

We will bring you a report of how the Lava team got on in next week’s Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald.