A law firm from Dundee last night emerged as winners of the Dragons’ Glen awards at a special ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.
Thornton’s Law took the overall prize in the competition, which sees teams compete to grow a £500 investment into £5000 for leading children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST.
Their idea – creating and selling sustainable jute shopping bags – raised in excess of £7000 which will help support vulnerable children, young people and their families.
This year 10 teams raised an amazing £38,000, meaning the competition has seen more than £131,000 raised to help vulnerable children and their families in the past three years.
During the challenge, the teams were mentored by leading Scottish business experts including Jo Bucci (Managing Director, People’s Postcode Lottery), Professor Susan Hart (Dean of Strathclyde Business School), George McNeil (Johnstone’s of Elgin) and Andy Lothian (Chief Executive of Insights).
Bonar Mercer, trainee solicitor for the winners Thorntons Law, said: “The awards ceremony was a spectacular end to what has been an interesting, exciting, innovative, and inspiring challenge. We were so pleased to have been able to raise the funds that we did for what is a fantastic cause, and the fact that we came out as overall winners was a great bonus, and genuinely unexpected.”
Dragon Duncan Skinner, former Chief Financial Officer of Wood Group PSN, said: “I was delighted to be part of Dragons’ Glen once again. It is unique opportunity for businesses to support CHILDREN 1ST.”
Winners received their award from Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training.
As well as the overall winner Bellshill-based BCF Technology Team B won the Most Future Promise award for their designer T-shirts. Meanwhile BCF Technology’s Team A took the Most Innovative Prize after being inspired by CHILDREN 1ST’s work with families to come up with a board game that encourages and supports quality family time.
Alison Todd, Chief Executive of the charity, said: “These teams have put their business talents to the test and used their commercial skills to raise a significant amount of money that will build brighter futures for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to everyone involved.”