A YOUNG Frenchman and his Brazilian partner have ‘struck a hole in one’, by winning The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.
Raphael Métayer (30) and Carina Neubert Favero (23), founders of the St Andrews Golf Experience in Fife, beat off competition from almost 900 businesses from all over Scotland who were eligible for this year’s PSYBT ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award.
The pair are fluent in five languages and have successfully used these skills, along with their industry knowledge and golfing expertise to establish a successful business offering bespoke golf packages in the UK aimed at the European and the American markets.
A self-confessed golfing enthusiast, Mr Métayer left France five years ago to study a BA in Golf Management at Dornoch College in the North of Scotland.
He then spent a further two years managing the Spey Valley Golf Club in Aviemore, prior to moving to St Andrews with his partner, Carina, to start their own golf tours business.
Together, they identified a gap in the market for a multi-lingual travel operator which could offer golfing holidays in Scotland, and cater for holidaymakers interested in combining golf with English-speaking lessons and other educational /cultural experiences.
They established their business in 2008 with advice and funding from PSYBT and despite the highly competitive market they operate in, they have catered for over 500 visitors to Fife and the rest of Scotland, exceeding the original targets set for the business.
The couple were this year’s winners of the PSYBT Moffat Awards prize for economic and community impact in the travel and tourism business.
The runner-up title was awarded to 22 year-old Gregor Mackintosh from Glendaveny in Aberdeenshire.
The former Scottish Agricultural College graduate produces Glendaveny Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil grown on his family’s farm in Glendaveny.
Previously, the rapeseed was harvested for vegetable oils and biofuels for export, and it was during his research for his final honours dissertation that he learned about its enormous health and culinary benefits, giving him the idea for starting his new business.
In 2009, Mr Mackintosh approached PSYBT for advice and received funding to help with the building of a bottling plant within walking distance of his oilseed crops.
The crops are harvested and the oil is pressed, filtered and bottled without any industrial processes, thereby ensuring a 100 per cent natural product, which is full of Vitamin E, Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which are said to help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
The Mackintosh of Glendaveny Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Oil is also sold in Asda, selected farm shops, delicatessens, and butchers throughout Scotland.
Earlier this year, the young entrepreneur extended the range with a variety of infused oils with lemon, garlic and jalapeno chilli and entered into collaboration with a local seafood processor which incorporates the Glendaveny range for added value products destined for Marks & Spencers, Asda and Sainsbury’s.
Mr Mackintosh is currently expanding the facilities at the farm to be able to increase output and increase national distribution for the Glendaveny range.
The awards ceremony, which is now in its 15th year, took place in the Glasgow City Chambers and Mr Bob Keiller, chief executive of PSN gave the keynote speech, with 300 members of the business community attending.
Presenting the winners and runner-up with their awards and cheques for £2,000 and £1,500, Mr Keiller, said: “Our winners tonight have shown themselves to be true entrepreneurs in their approach to building and expanding their business.
“They are ambitious, they know how to market their products and they know what their customers want. These are key ingredients to running a successful business and they illustrate the exceptional young talent Scotland has to offer.”
Mr Mark Strudwick, chief executive of the PSYBT, said: “These young entrepreneurs are an inspiration to everyone, most especially other young entrepreneurs fulfilling their self employment career plans. We congratulate them on their success tonight and we look forward to watching their businesses grow in the years to follow.”
A special award was also given to the PSYBT ‘Volunteer of the Year’, and this was won by retired Aberdeen businessman Michael Craig, who was selected from almost 800 PSYBT volunteers across Scotland. Mr Craig, who retired from the Clydesdale Bank after 35 years, joined the Grampian PSYBT volunteer team in Grampian in February 2005.
Congratulating him, Mr Strudwick said: “Mr Craig’s expertise, mentoring and inspiration has helped countless young people in Grampian and we are delighted to present him with this special award.”
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Notes for editors:
- Contact Raphael Metayer and Carina Neubert Favero of St Andrews Golf Experience on 01334 840 453 or 07531 479 031 or visit www.standrewsgolfexperience.com
- Contact Gregor Mackintosh on 07876 474546 or visit www.mackintoshofglendaveny.co.uk
PSYBT was launched in January 1989 and is a national organisation with offices in 18 Regions across Scotland. To date over 10,000 businesses involving over 12,000 proprietors have been assisted with £35.4m awarded – £31.5m in loans and £3.9m in grants.
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