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Unlocking entrepreneurial potential in Moray with Young Enterprise Scotland

In our ever-changing world of work, tomorrow’s employees and future business owners will need more than traditional academic skills to succeed.   And that’s where organisations, such as the Young Enterprise Scotland, come in.  The Scottish registered charity inspires and equips over 13,000 young people a year to learn and succeed through enterprise and enjoys support from the FSB and its members across Scotland. 

Young Enterprise Scotland’s Company Programme is the ultimate business and enterprise experience for S5/S6 pupils in schools across Scotland. The pupils run their own company with support from local business volunteer mentors and YE Scotland staff. At the end of the academic year, the participants compete on a local, regional, national and European level to be crowned Company of the Year.

The Moray branch supports the Young Enterprise programme and supports the Special Entrepreneurship prize, which is awarded to the participant who has shown the most outstanding entrepreneurial skills and spirit.  This year’s winner was Heather Prentice, a member of Forres Academy’s Venture Local team, which produced a book of recipes sourced from across Moray.

Pearl Hamilton, chair of the Moray branch, said “Once again, we were encouraged by the hard work, commitment and creativity of all those involved.  Students learn the importance of teamwork, planning ahead and managing a budget – all skills that will hold them in good stead in the future.

“This new academic year, it would be great to see even more of our schools and businesses across Moray get involved in this fantastic programme that not only gives young people an invaluable experience, but enables businesses of all sizes ensure their future workforce meets their future skills needs.”

The Highland & Moray Local Area Team manages the activities of Young Enterprise Scotland from Thurso to Kingussie and Fort William to Fochabers.  Without the help of the volunteer local area team, link teachers and the support of many organisations in the area who offer the time of their staff, the use of their facilities and financial support, the YE Scotland Company Programme in the Highlands and Moray simply could not succeed. 

If you are a student, parent, teacher or business owner who’d like to get involved in this year’s programme, go to and find out more.