A YOUNG Stirling entrepreneur has scooped an award, given out for the very first time, at her school.

Wallace High School’s Carla Gee, 16, received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her leadership skills and characteristics demonstrated across a range of activities.

These included work on a young enterprise team which set up a successful business recycling old candles and jars into gifts to be sold at Christmas events as well as passing the Young Enterprise Scotland exam with merit.

Carla said: “I enjoyed being involved in all the enterprise activities and couldn’t believe it when I was told I’d won the award.

“I was really chuffed and it was extra special because it was the first one to be given out and I got to take a small trophy home in addition to the one which goes in the cabinet at school.”

The award was sponsored by Moray Robertson Electrical Services.

Moray Robertson, the local family firm’s managing director who presented the accolade, said: “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to reward students who are forward thinkers and hope this annual trophy will provide inspiration for Wallace High pupils.

“It’s great to be able to give something back to the local community and I was delighted to present Carla with the award and recognise her hard work.”

Scott Pennock, headteacher at Wallace High, added: “We are grateful to Moray Robertson Electrical Services for sponsoring an award which recognises entrepreneurship as part of our Senior Awards.

“We work very hard at Wallace High to promote Developing the Young Workforce across our curriculum.

“An award such as this is especially fitting as it comes from a parent and former pupil of the school who has gone on to successfully build a business and exemplify the very skills and standards this award seeks to celebrate.”