TWO Fife entrepreneurs are among six finalists in the running for the 2010 ‘Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’.
Raphael Metayer and Carina Neubert Favero, founders of the St Andrews Golf Experience was shortlisted from 18 winners representing regions throughout Scotland and will now go through to the finals and compete for the coveted national title at an award ceremony in Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday 16th November 2010.
If they win, in addition to being crowned PSYBT ‘Young Entrepreneurs of the Year’, they will also receive a £2,000 cash prize to further develop their business.
Raphael Metayer (31) is French and came to Scotland in 2004 to gain experience in the golf industry and study for a BA in Golf Management. Brazilian born Carina Neubert Favero (23) arrived in Scotland in 2007 and has a BA Honours in Hospitality and extensive experience within the hospitality sector.
The pair are fluent in five languages enabling the couple to sell their golf tours of Scotland to the European market, a segment previously underdeveloped by their competitors.
Since they launched the business in 2008 offering bespoke packages for golfers, they have welcomed over 500 visitors to Fife and the rest of Scotland.
The couple are recent winners of the PSYBT Moffat Awards prize for economic and community impact in the travel and tourism business.
Says a spokesperson: “This achievement demonstrates their contribution to Fife’s target to grow the tourism industry by 20 per cent by 2020 and also acknowledges the potential of this company’s future growth and sustainability.”
Congratulating the six finalists, PSYBT chief executive, Mark Strudwick, said: “Our finalists have exemplified determination, will to succeed and the ability to turn an idea into a viable business and in the current economic climate their achievements deserve extra recognition.”
The five other finalists are Gregor Mackintosh (23) founder of Mackintosh of Glendaveny in Aberdeenshire.
He harvests his own rapeseed crop to produce an Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Oil which is sold to farm shops, delicatessens, butchers, and major supermarkets throughout Scotland.
Greg Clarkson (27) and Allan Whitson (31) founders of XL Tec Recruitment in Cumbernauld who specialise in recruitment for the oil and gas sector and have recently opened an office in India.
Hayleigh Linton (26) and Christopher Craig (29), joint founders of Bank Street Auto Clinic in Irvine, who after only one year of trading have tripled their revenues and now employ three mechanics.
Allan Elliot (25) founder of Dalbeattie Fine Foods in Dalbeattie, who has won numerous awards for his pies, haggis, black pudding and has featured on a variety of food and cookery programmes.
Kirsten Dunnett (24) who has won numerous enterprise and retail awards and is the founder of Missy La La’s in Dundee, a boutique which stocks clothing brands sourced from London, as well as stylish bags and accessories.
For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Fiona Turnbull on tel. 01592 858334 or Margaret Gibson/Emma Fitzpatrick at PSYBT head office on Tel no. 0141 248 4999. Visit the PSYBT website at www.psybt.org.uk
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