Shabby Chic is the new trend in Eyemouth

SHABBY Chic is definitely the big trend for spring after an enterprise group of the same name from Eyemouth High School won the Innovative Product award at the recent Young Enterprise Competition in Kelso.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 11:40 am

Shabby Chic - Amy Aitchison, Amy McQueen, Lucy Ruthevan and Shannon French-Ord - tested the market with a variety of products with an aim to take vintage pieces and turn them into new innovative ideas for 2010.

Throughout the year they marketed a variety of products but the winning ideas were tea cup candles and LP retro clocks.

They then sold their products at craft fairs, parents' evenings and to staff and pupils in the school. People were intrigued with the idea of taking something old and making it into something that looked trendy and decorative.

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Through participating in the Company Programme, students develop their enterprise knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes in a business context.

They learn to cope with a changing and evolving business and develop essential skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, managing risk, creativity, innovation and leadership.

Shabby Chic's managing director, Amy Aitchison, commented: "We all learned a lot from this experience and really enjoyed the time we spent making our products.

It wasn't always plain sailing when we encountered problems within the group but we managed to pull through and we are thrilled to be recognised for our achievements with the award."

Miss Barclay, the link teacher for the project added: "The young enterprise experience allowed these students to become more self-reliant. They have had to learn from their mistakes, take risks and use their initiative."

Shabby Chic would like to thank Derek Divine from Wood and Muir Solicitors from Eyemouth for all his business advice and support. They would also like to thank Miss Barclay for her guidance and patience while the team found their feet.

Unfortunately, Shabby Chic will not be representing Scottish Borders in the Scottish Finals in Glasgow but they wish Hawick High School good luck as they take on other young enterprise companies.