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Inverness College UHI, Business Competition 2016

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year's competition and in particular to our finalists. From over 130 entries, 15 were shortlisted and went on to attend the awards ceremony held at Inverness College on Thursday 24th November. Sam Faircliff, Managing Director of Cairngorm Brewery was keynote speaker with Anna Renouf, previous winner of the competition talking about her entrepreneurial journey over the last 12 months.

During the day, finalists from all  over the Highlands and Islands pitched their business idea to a panel of expert judges to win a share of the £8000 prize money.

The competition encourages and supports students and members of the community to develop their enterprising skills and attributes by developing a business idea, presenting their idea and 'making it happen'.

Our winners comprised of students studying within the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), staff and members of the community.
  • Top prize and Best Student Business went to Rachel Parker who won £2500 in prize money as well as a generous legal package from Harper Macleod LLP . Rachel is currently studying for a BSc(Hons) in Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), UHI.
  • Iain Rusk won Best Commercial Business.
  • Maureen Ross a student from North Highland College UHI studying Performance Music won Best Social Enterprise Business.
  • Ella Potts from Mull won Best Culture and Environment Business.
  • Calum Smith studying Mechanical Engineering at Inverness College UHI won Most Innovative Business.
  • Andrew Reid a Business student from Inverness College UHI won Youth Entrpreneurship Award.
  • Lara and David Beach won Best Presentation
  • Professor Eric Verspoor, staff member at UHI won Best Researched Business.
Congratulations to all our finalists!


Finally many thanks to the following for their sponsorship and support:Inverness College UHI, Bridge2Business, Business Gateway, Cairngorm Brewery, Converge Challenge, dwMassey, Harper Macleod LLP, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, HISEZ, HISEZ Fusion, Developing the Young Workforce, Johnston Carmichael, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish and Southern Electricity Network and University of the Highalnds and Islands.