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Congratulations to the 2017 Bridge 2 Business Award Winners!

  • Dundee & Angus named Scotland’s Top Entrepreneurial FE College
  • Success for West College Scotland Staff and Student Team
  • City of Glasgow Champion and Local Hero Celebrated!

After a successful application round all the way back in April 2017, and with over 30 applicants from across the Further Education College Sector, the team at Young Enterprise Scotland are delighted to announce the winners of the Bridge 2 Business Tertiary Enterprise Education Awards 2017!

Drum Roll Please.....

Bridge 2 Business Champion of the Year

Winner - Claire Halligan @ City of Glasgow College
Runner Up - Mikey Walsh @ West College Scotland


Bridge 2 Business Local Hero of the Year

Winner - Fynn Elkington, Make Me a Film
Runner Up - Steven Reynolds, Micro Fitness


Entrepreneurial College of the Year

Winner - Dundee & Angus College
Runner Up - North East Scotland College


Entrepreneurial FE Team of the Year

Winner - MOYA @ West College Scotland
Runner Up - Motor Vehicle Engineering Team @ Dundee & Angus College


Entrepreneurial FE Educator of the Year

Winner - Jo-Anne Hope @ West College Scotland
Runner Up - Billy Kinnear @ West College Scotland


Entrepreneurial FE Student of the Year

Winner - Svajunas Ciakas @ Dundee & Angus College
Runner Up - Claire Halligan - City of Glasgow College


Geoff Leask, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Scotland congratulated all the winners and finalists.

"The Bridge 2 Business Tertiary Enterprise Education Awards, now in their second year, are a great celebration of the entrepreneurial teaching, learning and activity that exists in Scotland's Colleges. We quite often forget that more businesses are started each year in the UK by people who's highest qualification is from an FE College. And these businesses are sustainable, not relying so much on the start up support mechanisms that are available to hi-tech, hi-innovation and highly ambitious start up companies. At grassroots level, FE Colleges are a hive of activity, and the Bridge 2 Business team are privileged to witness it every single day of the week.

"Congratulations to all the Winners, and Runners up. It's an excellent achievement by everyone to be nominated and shortlisted for these awards, and I hope all these finalists are an inspiration to the next generation of aspiring young business owners."

As part of the prize, all Winners have been invited to the Herald Fashion Awards, taking place on Sunday 5th November at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow for a night of glamour and glitz - Get your party frocks on!!

If you have any questions, or need to contact Young Enterprise Scotland, please direct your email to brian.mcewan@yes.org.uk