Elmwood’s Enterprising Students

Former Elmwood College Visual Merchandising students Debbie Hynd and Debbie Dargie are celebrating after recently being presented with a joint award at this year’s Enterprising Student Awards 2010, held at the Falkirk Wheel.

The Awards have been designed to recognise students who have started their own business, either whilst at college or after they have completed their studies.

The students were selected in recognition of their recent business venture ‘Think!visuals’ offering a window display and design service to the retail sector. Clients include, Walkers Upholsters, Cupar and Stove Co, Guardbridge. The pair will also be creating window displays for various local shops in preparation for the twinning of Cupar with the town of Sainte Ménehould, France.

Guest Speaker for the evening was Gavin Oattes from the Tree of Knowledge, who recently featured in the latest series of Dragons Den.

Debbie Hynd commented: "I’m absolutely thrilled that we won the award, especially when you look at the competition. The night was fantastic and it was lovely to meet other winners, who are also just starting out with their businesses.”

She continued, “The course at Elmwood was so detailed and I loved focusing on the practical side of visual merchandising. The vast amount of work placements we undertook will no doubt leave us in good stead for future business ventures.”

Some of the other students commended this year are, Phylis Horn, nominated by Dundee College for her business Revive (holistic massage services), Lauren McCulloch, nominated by Adam Smith College for her business Studio 19 (hairdressing salon) and David Wright, nominated by Carnegie College for his business Kingdom of Adventure (games and comic book shop).


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