Kilgraston hosts first Women in Business event

Students at Kilgraston School have been working with Hettie’s Tearoom owner, Clare Pinchbeck, to create their own product

A Perthshire school’s Women in Business programme got underway in refreshing style, with pupils afforded the opportunity to name, create and market their own tea.

The offer to students at Kilgraston School was made by local businesswoman, Clare Pinchbeck, owner of Hettie’s Tearoom.

The girls were “surprised that the product didn’t start with the tea but with a business plan instead,” said Pinchbeck.

“The creative energy from the girls was amazing; they just ran with it and their ideas for the brand and logo were superb,” she added.

Addressing an audience of 70 senior school pupils, she added: “The level of your success in business and life can be directly attributed to the quality of the goals you set. Those who set clear objectives will achieve far more than the person who leaves life and business to chance.”


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Pinchbeck’s words resonated with Dorothy MacGinty, head of the school, where business management has been taught for the last seven years.

“The aim is to turn the school into an industry hub,” she said, “becoming the go-to destination for ambitious girls looking to enter the world of business, knowing that they will be nurtured and mentored, fully developing their entrepreneurial spirit.”

The aim is to turn the school into an industry hub

The girls’ ideas will now be presented to professional designers, branding experts and a master tea-blender, with several options for the final product being put to the girls within the next few weeks.

The school’s Women in Business programme has since welcomed a feature writer from a national newspaper and tax specialists from Edinburgh firm, Saffery Champness.