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Thurso High School team win Young Enterprise Scotland Company of the Year award at national finals

Lucy Bremner, Business Education Teacher, Thurso High School with Social Eyes Team: Simone Paul, Ashleigh Coghill, Amy Lowe, Rachel Pearson and Trudy Morris Chief Executive, Caithness Chamber of Commerce at the Scottish Young Enterprise Finals Awards Ceremony in Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Thurso High School Young Enterprise team, Social-Eyes have won Scottish Company of The Year at the Young Enterprise Scotland, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Wednesday night as part of a three-day Festival of Youth Enterprise. The team also secured well-earned awards for: Best Company Report Award, Marketing Award, Creativity Award and Innovation Award.

Inspired by rural life in Caithness, the team designed an innovative scavenger hunt bingo game to be played by children while travelling. The game has been a resounding success and the team has secured retail outlets across the north Highlands.

The Young Enterprise team were mentored by Thurso High’s business studies teacher Lucy Bremner and Trudy Morris, Chief Executive, Caithness Chamber of Commerce.

Trudy said: “We are incredibly proud of everything the Social-Eyes team have achieved. From the start the team have worked exceptionally hard and shown fantastic entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. Going on to win Scottish Company of the Year at the finals this week is a phenomenal accomplishment, and we are over the moon to celebrate their success.

“The team have developed a fantastic product and the Young Enterprise judging panel were clearly impressed by their ingenuity, highlighted by awards for both innovation and creativity alongside other accolades.”

“Through our work at the Chamber and Developing Young Workforce North Highland, I have been personally been involved with Young Enterprise for the last 10 years. Initiatives and programmes such as this are invaluable in developing and enhancing young people’s employability skills and boosting their confidence. It is wonderful to see the positive impact these real-world experiences have on the young people who take part.

“High praise must also be given to the team’s mentor and Business Studies Teacher, Lucy Bremner who has been a dedicated supporter of Young Enterprise teams for many years and whose commitment has helped to inspire and motivate many young people throughout her career.”

The team’s managing director, Ashleigh Coghill, said: “Social-Eyes has been on an incredible journey, and we are immensely proud of ourselves. To see our game, designed primarily for Caithnessian children, resonate with people across the nation has been so rewarding. We are ready to see where the next steps take us.”