Positivity over profit at Mearns Castle

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Enterprising youngsters at Mearns Castle High are now in the business of making people smile.

The school participates in the Young Enterprise Scotland project each year, with sixth year students invited to fund and run their own company throughout the school year.

This year’s team have taken on the name Green Minds, and hope to spread positivity while raising awareness of mindfulness.

The group has designed products including a motivational water bottle and a range of jute bags with mottos like “Smile, Happy Looks Good on You”.

Green Minds have been visiting shopping and leisure centres in East Ren to promote their products — and now, it’s time to set out stall at the Renfrewshire Area finals, held at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew next month.

Company director Scott McQuiston said: “We are looking forward to competing at the finals and comparing ourselves to the other strong businesses. We’ve worked very hard as a team and can’t wait to present our skills and our creativity at such a high level.”

Oliver Levy, marketing director, added: “It has been extremely rewarding to run a business, and experience the roles and responsibilities that come with it.

“The core values of Green Minds has also made it worthwhile, as we hope to make a positive impact on the community.”

Key to the group was locally sourcing materials — and, as a result, both are produced by British companies.