Media Release: YES Mearns Castle High are sow good!


THE finals of the Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area Company Programme were held on Thu 24th March at UWS Paisley Campus – with the Best Overall Company team prize awarded to Sow Good from Mearns Castle High School for their eco friendly plant product (picture courtesy of

They will now go forward to represent Renfrewshire in the YES Scottish Finals in June this year in Glasgow.

The finals are the culmination of many months hard work for all the teams involved.

Starting in August 2010 the teams have to:

  • Decide on a product / service to market
  • Agree roles within the team, eg MD and finance director
  • And then learn and apply sales and marketing, managing people, finance and planning skills as the company develops


School Company
Gourock High School Verve
St Andrews Academy Blossom Y.E.S
Greenock Academy Anagram
Notre Dame  High School Exuvia
Williamwood  High School All the Small Things
Castlehead  High School Exodus
Linwood  High School Charmed
Mearns Castle High School Sow Good
Port Glasgow High School PG Productions & Services

Second placed was Anagram from Greenock Academy

In third place was All the Small Things from Williamwood High School
Marketing Award: Sow Good from Mearns Castle
Chairman’s Award: PG Productions & Services from Port5 Glasgow High School
Innovation Award: Exodus from Castlehead High School
Best Display Stand: Sow Good from Mearns Castle
Best Business Presentation: Sow Good from Mearns Castle
Best Business Report / Interview: Sow Good from Mearns Castle

The experience is a valuable one giving final year students real exposure in a safe environment to real business. This year had more learnings than most in that the Trade Fair that traditionally takes place at Braehead around Xmas had to be cancelled due to bad weather. This meant teams had to find alternative ways of dealing with excess stock and reduced cash flow.

YES relies on a voluntary board chaired by John Lewis and involves a team of 12.

Key to the support structure for each is the schools ‘link teacher’ and a ‘business advisor’ to be there to help guide and support the teams.

The Company Programme relies entirely on funding and support from the local private and public sector and this year YES Renfrewshire Area would like to thank the following organisations for their assistance:

BAA Glasgow Airport
Phoenix Car Company
Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
Inverclyde Council
Reid Kerr College
University of West of Scotland
Hewlett Packard
Baby Grand Productions

More info on the Company Programme for 2011-12 will available shortly via our soon to be launched Facebook page.

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Contact: Bob Davidson
Phone: 0141 847 5450