The Borders’ top young entrepreneur has been named as David Scullion, who set up Daily Essentials Direct almost three years ago.
David, from Melrose, collected the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland (PTYBS) regional Young Entrepreneur Award at a ceremony at Bowhill Little Theatre.
The 29-year-old was presented with a £1,000 cash prize by Stephen Pringle, finance director for Buccleuch Energy, sponsors of the award.
Daily Essentials Direct was set up by David in 2010, with the help of a Prince’s Trust start-up loan, to deliver breakfast items, groceries, newspapers and other provisions direct to the customer.
In the second year of trading the young entrepreneur decided to introduce a milk- only delivery service.
David said: “The business has gone from strength to strength, and at the moment we are just focusing on the milk delivery side of the business, which has really taken off.
“What we have been doing over the past year is streamlining the business, figuring out what works well and what customers want.”
He added: “We are currently investing in a new refrigerated vehicle, so the prize money is going to go towards that.”
The business boasts over 400 customers, as well as having more than 30 businesses they also deliver to.
The runner-up for the award was 22-year-old Ewan Galloway, founder of Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band.
Three years ago the young accordionist decided to start his own business, specialising in Scottish dance music for ceilidhs, weddings, anniversaries and charity events.
In 2011, he introduced a ceilidh and disco package, which has proved enormously successful.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, PTYBS regional manager, Tara Bolland said: “Both these young entrepreneurs have exemplified determination, the will to succeed and the ability to turn a good idea into a viable business. They are great role models for other young people and deserving winners of these awards.”