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Converge RBS Female Entrepreneurship Award

  • Submitted by: Audrey Nicoll, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 07 November 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-11095

That the Parliament congratulates Laura Ripley, of the Aberdeen South and North Kincardine constituency, on winning the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Female Entrepreneurship Award at the Converge Awards; commends the other finalists on their nominations; recognises that Laura is studying an open degree with the Open University in Scotland; understands that Laura’s business, Northern Frights, is a horror and fantasy events company that uses props, special effects and skilled actors to create immersive and thrilling events in the North of Scotland; further understands that the judges all agreed that "Laura’s resilience and determination to cut through to a largely male dominated niche sector with an ambitious scalable business model showed real entrepreneurial spirit"; notes that Laura’s prize includes £10,000 to develop her business, plus a mentoring session with a senior RBS executive, and wishes Laura and all the other finalists all the very best for the future.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Alexander Burnett, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Emma Harper, Clare Haughey, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed