THE regional finals of the 2012 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards at Fir Park saw local businesswoman Lauren Murray named runner-up.
Lauren (28) set up Eurocentral-based Murray Recruitment two years ago specialising in commercial recruitment including accounts/finance, clerical/secretarial, customer service, HR and procurement roles.
The company supplies temporary, permanent and contract solutions to clients across the central belt.
Lauren said: “I had worked in the industry before, but left it and started another job, but once I was made redundant from it I knew my heart was in recruitment but I didn’t want to go work for another agency so decided to stop talking about it and set up on my own.
“Things are going really well, it started off just being me in a small office, but now there are four of us and we have expanded from not just offering services to the commercial industry but engineering too.
“We are now looking for bigger premises to expand further and while an award like this was totally unexpected, we are delighted to receive it.
“Hopefully it is an indication that we are heading in the right direction and hopefully will be the first of many.”
North and South Lanarkshire councils co-sponsored the runners-up prize and North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson presented Lauren with a £500 cash prize and certificate.
Cumbernauld-based fitness expert Steven Reynolds was named Lanarkshire’s top young entrepreneur.
Both Lauren and Steven received funding, advice and support from Youth Business Scotland.
Regional manager Lyndsey Little said: “These young entrepreneurs represent some of the most talented, creative and dedicated business people in Scotland today and we are delighted to be able to recognise and reward their achievements through these awards.”