Students add touch of tartan

DEAL: Jack Buchan makes a sale at the TOTAL E&P coffee morning.
DEAL: Jack Buchan makes a sale at the TOTAL E&P coffee morning.

A group of Fraserburgh Academy pupils have been planning for months on how best to play the market and beat secondary school rivals across the country to name themselves as the greatest young enterprisers. The Fraserburgh Herald caught up with the group as they met to discuss their latest week in business.

The Young Enterprise programme involves a group of students embarking upon a social enterprise, as such the Fraserburgh Academy pupils – who have named their company ‘Touched by Tartan’ – have been running their business as a community interest company, with the students buying into the company to turn a profit, the school with the greatest profit winning the competition overall.

TARTAN: The young enterprisers showing off their tartan products at the TOTAL E&P coffee morning.

TARTAN: The young enterprisers showing off their tartan products at the TOTAL E&P coffee morning.

The students gain experience of real-life business as a result, operating as a realistic enterprise with shareholders receiving a ‘blended return’.

The Fraserburgh Academy pupils told the Herald that the top six teams entered in the competition would travel to Edinburgh to meet Levi Roots of Reggae Reggae Sauce fame later in the year.

Excited at the prospect of meeting the former Dragons’ Den contestant, the students have been travelling across the North East to raise their profit margin.

In November, Touched by Tartan were permitted to sell their wares alongside the school’s music department’s annual ‘Celebration of Song’ concert, student Jack Buchan – who has been elected as director of the academy’s young enterprisers – telling the Herald on the night that the competition provided them with a good foundation for future study at university and the workplace.

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Since then, the students have had a stall in Aberdeen’s Belmont Street to sell their tartan wares, and travelled to various other fayres and events to further increase their chances of making it into the final six.

Most recently, Touched by Tartan travelled to TOTAL E&P in Aberdeen for a coffee morning and to discuss their strategy with their mentor Sandra McIntosh.

Jack Buchan said of the experience so far: “It’s been really good.

“We get judged in May, so hopefully we can at least try to make it to the final six and go down to meet Levi Roots at the Marcliffe Hotel,” he added.

To do so, the enterprisers will have to raise more than two-time winners of the competition, and current holders, Inverurie Academy.