Coldingham musician Ewan Galloway has been named runner-up in the regional finals of the 2013 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur (PTYBS) Awards.
Principal Officer Jim Johnstone from the Scottish Borders Council presented Ewan with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate at a ceremony held at Bowhill Little Theatre in Selkirk.
Ewan approached PTYBS and received a loan so he could produce his first CD, titled Perfect Timing. In 2011, he introduced a ceilidh and disco package, which proved enormously successful.
The 22 year old - founder of Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band - started playing the accordion at 14, completing his Level 2 and 3 exams during this period. Three years ago, he started to get bookings to play and decided to start his own business, specialising in Scottish dance music for ceilidhs, weddings, anniversaries and charity events.
Earlier this year, following the releases of a trio of albums- ‘Fine Tuning’, ‘Inspiring Memories’ and ‘Fine Tuning’, Ewan’s band participated in BBC Scotland’s Take the Floor, an experience he is keen to repeat, and he has since started to learn to play for Scottish Country Dancing, which should open up additional opportunities for his band including touring abroad.
The young entrepreneur is currently working on his fourth ‘live’ CD and is due to start a recording course at Edinburgh College which will enable him to record CDs for both himself and other bands, thus adding a further string to his bow.
David Scullion was named Borders’ top young entrepreneur.
The 29-year-old founder of Daily Essentials Direct in Tweedale was presented with a £1,000 cash prize by Stephen Pringle, Finance Director for Buccleuch Energy, sponsors of the winner’s award.
Daily Essentials Direct was set up by David in 2010 to deliver breakfast items, groceries, newspapers and other provisions direct to the customer. This provided customers with a competitive and affordable alternative to driving to the shop everyday to pick up a few items that could be delivered straight to their door.
In the second year of trading, the young entrepreneur decided to introduce a milk only delivery service.
At the start of this year, David opened up a shop and now has a supply agreement with a local dairy, delivering milk to over 450 customers.
Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland regional manager, Tara Bolland said, “Both these young entrepreneurs have exemplified determination, the will to succeed and the ability to turn a good idea into a viable business.”