DEVELOPMENT at Clydebank’s Queens Quay provided a “perfect opportunity” for West College Scotland engineering students.

Those studying the subject at HNC level, at the Clydebank campus, were required to create a proposal for a potential new business at the £250million local regeneration development project, that they would like to see.

Ideas included a sports bar, a sea life centre, a ferry crossing, a fitness gym, a dessert cafe, a gym and supplement store, and a dog friendly café.

As part of the project the students were required to research the local and wider areas then create a written proposal in the form of a report, before pitching their ideas to an expert panel.

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Bill Marley, agency and development partner at Ryden, who is part of the Queens Quay project kindly gave his time and listened to the student presentations, asked questions and gave “fantastic” feedback.

He said: “The students should be congratulated for their commitment to this project and for their efforts in developing a range of new business ideas.

“The presentations demonstrated time spent in research and, in many cases, a significant personal interest in an exciting mix of business proposals.”

The seven students presenting on the day, and who all passed, are currently in employment with a range of local organisations including Babcock International, Scottish Leather Group and DSM.

Margret Higgins, lecturer in essential skills, added: “It was a fantastic opportunity to make Queens Quay the focus of the communications unit. This provides valuable experience for the students who can use the skills in their future careers, for example at a job interview or at meetings.

“The students all put a great deal of effort into their preparation and research and came up with some fantastic ideas.”