An Irvine student has been given grants to help him launch his own business, thanks to the generous funding from Ayrshire College.

NC Sound Production student, Scott Haddow, 28, has started a business called 11:11 Events offering a range of entertainment to bars, clubs, hotels and hosting private events across Ayrshire and Glasgow.

Entertainment ranges from comedy nights, live music evenings to magic shows and a variety show.

Scott said: “I am delighted to be awarded this grant, and knowing the judges believed in me has given me confidence.

“This experience has lifted my aspirations. If I had not come to college, I would not be doing this now.

“I used to be a fencer, but now I am doing what I want in life. I am hardworking and driven, but I don’t see it as work, because I’m doing something I love.”

The Ayrshire College Foundation provides funding of grants up to £5,000 for students of Ayrshire College who are interested in developing ideas to start up their own business.

To help students develop their enterprising skills, the college is working in partnership with Bridge 2 Business to support idea development.

There are currently 97 students working on a business plan. Those who complete the plan to a high standard, go forward to a judging panel, and if successful, will be awarded grant funding.

Tracey Stark, chair of the Ayrshire College Foundation, said: “It has been positive and uplifting to see the level of interest from students who want to start their own business.

“It just shows, whoever you are or wherever you come from, if you really believe you can do it, you can!”

Students can find out more on the Ayrshire College Website: www1.ayrshire.