Volunteer award shortlist for ‘role model’ Lorna

Lorna Watson
Lorna Watson

A HAWICK-born businesswoman has been shortlisted for a top award in recognition of her work with young entrepreneurs.

Lorna Watson (nee Abbott) is one of four finalists to have been nominated for the 2011 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) Volunteer of the Year Award, for her commitment to mentoring and inspiring young people’s self-employment ambitions.

Forty-year-old Lorna, who works as an advisor for Business Gateway, based in Selkirk, volunteers with the Borders PSYBT team as a panel member and aftercare advisor, and has been actively involved in getting many succesful businesses up and running, sharing her time and expertise to help young people hone their business skills.

Lorna, who lives in Galashiels, told the Hawick News: “It’s great to have been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award, but I’m up against three excellent finalists. I really enjoy volunteering with the Trust and being able to draw on my previous business experience running a wedding service at Aikwood Tower, and from my family background of Abbott’s Aerials in Hawick, to help the young enterpreneurs on everything from cash flow and book-keeping, to aftercare and marketing.”

Peter Leggate, chairman of PSYBT in the Scottish Borders, said: “Lorna Watson has shown a huge commitment to the PSYBT and the work which we do in the Borders, and is an exceptional volunteer role model and dedicated ambassador for our organisation.”

The Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the PSYBT Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony in Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday, November 15.

The other finalists are John McDougall from Paisley, Edinburgh’s Bill McWilliams, and Jeff Horner of Glasgow.