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The Scotsman: Livewire prize can electrify your business says winner

LOTHIAN'S top young businessman today urged other business hopefuls to emulate him as he helped launch the Lothian Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur contest for 2006.
Donald MacFarlane, creator of Edinburgh-based Tangent Multimedia, said scooping the title last year had helped pull in clients such as Capital “cashmere queen” Belinda Robertson.
He said: “Winning the award was a great boost for my business and I'd urge other young Lothian-based businesses to enter and try to win the honour.”
The winner of the Lothian title will go forward to challenge for the Scottish title and, if successful there, go on to compete in London in June for a £10,000 prize and the UK title, an accolade previously won by Peebles-based Black Circles founder Michael Welsh.
James Smith, chairman of Shell UK, said: “Helping young people to start their own businesses is important for the continued growth of a diverse, successful economy.”
The Shell Livewire awards are open to all young entrepreneurs aged 16-30, whose businesses will have been trading for between three and 18 months on March 31.
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