Media Release: Edinburgh businessperson shortlisted for top award


AN Edinburgh businessperson – whose expertise, mentoring and inspiration has helped young entrepreneurs throughout Edinburgh fulfil their self-employment ambitions – is one of four finalists shortlisted for 2011 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) ‘Volunteer of the Year Award.’

Bill McWilliams has been nominated for his commitment towards helping young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice during the first few years in operation. The Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the ‘PSYBT Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards ceremony in Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday 15h November 2011.

Mr McWilliams started volunteering for the Edinburgh PSYBT team in 2007 as an aftercare advisor. He has been actively involved in getting many successful PSYBT businesses up and running, giving considerable time, experience and energy to help them hone their business skills.

Grant Laidlaw, PSYBT Edinburgh regional manager, said: “Mr McWilliams has shown a huge commitment to the PSYBT and the work which we do in the Edinburgh, and is an exceptional volunteer role model and dedicated ambassador for our organisation.”

The other three ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ finalists are John McDougall from Paisley, Lorna Watson from the Scottish Borders and Jeff Horner from Glasgow.


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