Cathcart company invest in youngsters

Cathcart company Platinum support youngsters
Cathcart company Platinum support youngsters

A Cathcart company will soon be on the lookout for the next generation of Alan Sugars and Hilary Deveys.

Adele Coll and Claire Reilly, owners of The Platinum Group, are launching a business development programme targeting high schools pupils in the Glasgow South area.

The Platinum Youth Business Scheme kicks off in August and is designed to develop young people’s understanding of the business world while encouraging and nurturing entrepreneurial spirit.

Both Adele and Claire are in a good position to offer sound business advice.

The Platinum Group started out as a dream for the pair to work for themselves. Their first project, in 2013, involved buying and refurbishing a flat for re-sale. It was a profitable venture and the pair worked well together, so they decided to do another.

Three years on The Platinum Group, based at the old Strathclyde Police Federation offices in Cathcart, is a three tiered business and includes Platinum Property Services, Platinum All Trades and Platinum Home Care. It currently employs 20 people.

The youth scheme will include year round school presentations, mock job interviews, mentoring and a week’s work placement for young people from four local schools, Kings Park, Holyrood, Castlemilk and St Margaret Mary’s. The number of schools is expected to increase year on year.

Claire said: “Last term we took part in a school placement scheme with St Margaret Mary’s in Castlemilk and we not only enjoyed the process, we quickly recognised the value and benefits work experience could bring to young people when making very important career and educational choices.”

Following discussions with Glasgow City Council, Adele and Claire decided to take things to the next level and create their own business development scheme.

Adele said: “It’s important for businesses, of all shapes and sizes, to provide young people with first-hand knowledge and understanding of the functions and operations of its day to day business.”