A young Peebles entrepreneur has landed a prestigious prize at this year’s Moffat Travel and Tourism Awards.
Emma McDonald, 23, runs florists Stems and won the Excellent Customer Service Award and £1,000 cash prize at the ceremony in Glasgow.
The awards, which are now in their seventh year, are run by The Prince’s Trust thanks to generous support from The Moffat Charitable Trust, which has pledged over £300,000 to support young people demonstrating outstanding talent in the Scottish travel and tourism industry.
Emma was able to realise her business ambitions through support from The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland programme which helps 18-30 year olds start up and continue to grow their own businesses by providing financial support and guidance from experienced business mentors.
Emma said: “I’m delighted to have won this award. The Prince’s Trust has helped me so much — without their support my business wouldn’t be where it is today so it means so much to win.
“I’ve been running Stems for just over two years now and I love it. It is challenging doing it all myself and I’ve had to learn about the day-today running of a business, not always easy with a two-year-old in tow, but I’m so grateful to have my own business and be able to balance work with caring for her.”
Emma was named Florist of the Year 2014 at the Scottish Wedding Awards and has been listed by the Good Florist Guide.
She has also worked hard to ensure the community also feels the benefits of her success by referring customers who are looking to get married in the area onto local suppliers, supporting local events and organising wreath-making classes.
Allan Watt, director for The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “Emma’s story is a fantastic example of how young entrepreneurs can benefit their community and support tourism in Scotland and her determination and effort make her a very deserving winner of this award.”