Finlay is an 18 year old from Glenshiel in the Scottish Highlands, who has received huge success after starting his own chocolate brand, Chocolates of Glenshiel. Finlay started the business four years ago as a part-time stall at his school Christmas fair. He took the business full-time after leaving school in 2016, and his enterprising nature earned him a win at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2016! Finlay also volunteers at Teen Ranch Scotland, supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The most inspirational young Scots that I know are the volunteers and staff at Teen Ranch Scotland who give up their weekends, their time and their money to give kids from disadvantaged backgrounds a space where they can do different activities and to provide some time out space for them.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Firstly, the area I live, Glenshiel is absolutely beautiful and definitely a highlight of Scotland. Secondly the community up there is so wonderful. People all know each other, all speak to each other and are all really friendly. Particularly Scotland is wonderful because it has so many organisations that are there to support young people and businesses so for me setting up Chocolates of Glenshiel, this has been very important.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to not underestimate young people, to give them a shot at doing their own thing and to give help and advice where they can. I wouldn’t have been able to set up my business Chocolates of Glenshiel if it weren’t for the advice and help of older generations.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
For me my biggest achievement is probably being selected as a dorm leader for Teen Ranch Scotland. For me it was a huge recognition of my maturity, not only in life but in my Christian faith.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
What I would most like to achieve in the future took me a long time to realise. It took a lot of thinking but I think it is probably to start a family. I would love to have children, to be able to disciple them and give them advice and to see how they grow up and what paths in life they choose.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would like Scotland’s young people to stand out from the crowd; maybe not in how you look but in what you do. Think of others before yourself. You never lose joy in showing other people that you care for them.
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