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Young Entrepreneur Project helps Euan make a splash


Euan Duff from Eastriggs took the plunge into self employment last November and with the support of the Beyond Chapelcross Young Entrepreneur Project.

Euan started his career with a Masters in Architecture from Robert Gordon University. After graduation, rather than follow a traditional route into architecture, Euan wanted to do something where he could have the freedom to use his imagination in exciting ways. This led to a working relationship with Proteus Pools for the custom design of swimming pools.

Talking about his starting point, Euan said, "It has been a whirlwind since I came across Proteus Pools by chance last year and had this wild idea that I could go into pool design. Proteus UK took me under their wing and last October I went out to Italy to see the factory. I hope to bridge the gap between the architecture and engineering sides of pool design. The Young Entrepreneur Project made this possible with a start up grant which allowed me to buy the expensive design software that is essential to my work.

"It is early days yet because pool projects take a long time to come to fruition, but I believe the business has a lot of growth potential. The help and support I have received reduces the risk and helps to put my business on a sound footing."

Young Entrepreneur Project

Young business owners between the ages of 18 and 25 years can apply to the Young Entrepreneur Project for start-up grants if their business is in the Dumfries and Galloway postcode areas of DG10 to DG16. In certain, limited circumstances support is available for business owners up to age 30.

For more information:
Contact Business Gateway on 01387 808738.

Businesses outside the age limits, but within the same postcode areas can enquire about funding from the CX Project.
For more information contact Business Gateway on 01387 808738.