A GROUP of pupils from Eyemouth High School showed they had a real eye for business last week by taking home first prize in an annual event.
The five strong team of Young Enterprise students - Jessica Black, Robert Cook, Dominic Gall, Emma Lowe and Tamara Turnbull - beat off strong competition from eight other teams from schools in the Lothians and Borders in the final of the Business Experience on Wednesday, March 2.
Each team was given a theoretical budget to spend to hire various local business experts in fields which included finance, web design, marketing and product design to help them develop their business ideas before pitching their them to a panel of judges.
And the Eyemouth pupils’ idea of attaching 3D lenses to spectacles went down a storm with a panel of judges that included Jillian Sheddon from Knockhill Racing Circuit, Mike Rutterford of Archangel Informal Investment and Tanya Ewing of Ewgeco.
Project ideas from other schools included a device to reduce fuel costs and eco-friendly products for camping and festivals, but it was the Eyemouth team, calling themselves Connex, who impressed the most throughout the day.
Judge Mike Rutterford said: “We would like to commend all the pupils for getting their heads around commerce and all the challenges they will face in the future employment market. Congratulations to them all in getting to this final stage – all winners in our eyes.”
Event Director Miriam Smith was also delighted with the standard of entries from the schools. “It’s fantastic to see how the pupils rise to the challenge of developing their ideas and presenting them,” she said. “There are also environmental and technology themes coming through in this year’s ideas which was very interesting.”
All students made a huge effort during the event and Connex would like to thank their Business Education Teacher, Miss Barclay, their parents and fellow students for their support.