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SRUC students finalists at the Pinnacle Awards

Published Wednesday, 1st May 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Pinnacle Awards 2013

Three of the eight finalists at this year’s Pinnacle Awards in London were SRUC students.

To encourage students from agricultural colleges to develop commercially viable business ideas, the Pinnacle Awards allow aspiring business managers to demonstrate their skills in business analysis, realistic budgeting and problem solving. Every project this year centred on food production rather than non-food diversification. SRUC’s three students, Iain Wilson from Edinburgh, together with Harry Warburton and Rebecca Forsyth from Ayr, focused on broccoli production, fish farming and cheese production, respectively.

The 16th Pinnacle challenge, sponsored by the Farmers Club along with the Cave Foundation and ADAS, was held in London last week and SRUC’s competitors were accompanied to the event by Andrew Paddison, Lecturer in Marketing & Management, from Craibstone.

Andrew said: “Our three students gave outstanding presentations and were a credit to SRUC” while Bill McKay, the lecturer of the Ayr students, commented: “These projects show the extent to which our students can apply entrepreneurial skills to the agricultural and agricultural-related sectors.”

All finalists received Farmers Club membership for a year and a £300 cheque for their college.

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