Business Breakfast

Business Breakfast

Published on 14 March 2019

Today we welcomed Jim McColl OBE to our school to share his story and the career path that led him to becoming one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs.
 
Our annual Business Breakfast is a unique opportunity for pupils to hear first-hand from our guests about their life experiences and to ask them questions about their backgrounds, qualifications and occupations.
 
As keynote speaker Jim shared his story from leaving school at 16 to become an engineering apprentice, to being awarded an OBE. His insights into the world of business and how to prepare yourself for challenge and success, resonated with all who attended.
 
In 2014, Jim established Newlands Junior College which uses a radical approach to help young people who are disengaged from education to prepare for guaranteed apprenticeships and college places.
 
Principal Melvyn Roffe said: “Very often when you think of successful entrepreneurs you tend to think of people whose success has been at least partly due to celebrity status. After several successful turnarounds Jim bought a stake in Clyde Blowers plc, a small engineering company with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange and he led a successful management buyout to take the company private. Jim has always believed that education and training is central to the success of individuals, the economy and communities. We are privileged that he has chosen to share his experiences with us.”
 
We were also delighted to have pupils from Tynecastle High School, Boroughmuir High School, Castlebrae High School and one of our Arkwright Scholars from Holyrood High School join us.