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Border backs budding entrepreneurs in Apprentice-style challenge

Fifteen pupils took part in the initiative as part of Inspiring Enterprise

High school students from across South Lanarkshire were tasked with creating and designing a brand new biscuit product for local company Border, during a competition based on popular TV show The Apprentice held last week.

As part of the Inspiring Enterprise Challenge, Border hosted the two-day design event in which 15 pupils from across the region were required to take on business roles and come up with innovative and sustainable biscuit creations.

The students were given judging criteria to follow that encouraged them to focus on developing skills in teamwork, research, finance, marketing and presenting. By supporting these young entrepreneurs, Border saw first-hand how creative the young people of Lanarkshire are.

Andy Alston, communications officer at Border, said: “We felt particularly strongly about getting involved this year since it is the ‘Year of Young People’ and the project is the perfect platform to bring together local businesses alongside the talent of the future.

“We have now supported the Challenge for four years and I continue to be extremely impressed at the enthusiasm and detail the students deliver when they visit the factory and respond to our ‘biscuit brief’.”

Helen Salt, director at Bright Yellow Thinking, added: “The Challenge provides young people with an insight into working businesses. The experience they gain from participating is excellent for building their knowledge and confidence, which will undoubtedly help them in the future when they are applying for jobs, further education courses or indeed when they are setting up businesses of their own.”