Young Dumfries Entrepreneurs Win European Business Title

Idiom, Dumfries High School’s Young Enterprise Company have taken top spot in Europe – for online sales, presence and overall revenue!

The company, formed in June this year, consisting of 14 board members – all still in secondary education have worked tirelessly over the past six months producing their product Bonnie the Beltie, a children’s book about Bonnie as she goes on an adventure across Dumfries and Galloway looking for her brother Ben.

Idiom partnered with 8 prominent tourist attractions in Dumfries and Galloway; Laggan Outdoor, Galloway Activity Centre, Galloway Cricket Club, The Cocoa Bean Company, The Usual Place, Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, Dino Park and Queen of the South FC. They also work extremely closely with Dumfries Community Radio (DCR Online), who are following their progress as the company completes their first year in business.

The company have sold their books at many markets throughout December – however, the majority of their sales have come from their online store on the ‘My Student Company’ sales platform.

The competition they entered was run across Europe, with companies from Norway and Denmark also making the top ten: however, Idiom came out on top, in a narrowly fought competition: Fortrose Academy’s company ‘Venture’ (also a Scottish Company’ came a close second, followed by Our Lady’s Abingdon’s ‘Infinity’. Link Teacher for Idiom, Natalie Hamblin said “Idiom have all worked extremely hard to achieve what they have: their professionalism and commitment to the company is commendable and mirrored in the accolade of being best in Europe for online sales!”

Managing Director Lyle Hamilton said “this major achievement is a reflection of the dedication and commitment given to Idiom by every member of the ‘Idiom Family’. Countless hours of work have gone into achieving what we have today” he added “we would like to thank all those who have supported us in our journey so far, without the assistance of other businesses and the local community we would not have the following we have today!”

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