Teenage entrepreneur on a mission to expand across Scotland

19-year-old Craig MacDonald surrounded by Wee Heroes.

Teenage entrepreneur on a mission to expand across Scotland

Craig MacDonald today launches his new Falkirk venture, Wee Heroes, but already has his sights set on national expansion.

The 19-year-old entrepreneur, who has invested £80k into the business so far, used advice from Business Gateway Falkirk to get started and transform a 5000sq ft former retail unit in just two months.

Now, the Larbert born entrepreneur has set himself a new mission – to find a further venue to house a second Wee Heroes, with the ultimate goal of establishing arenas in every major town and city in Scotland.

The new venture is based around laser gaming technology brought over from the US and thought to be the first in the country.

The technology makes use of interactive gloves instead of traditional laser guns as well as light weight vests adorned with capes.

Participants will transform into superheroes, adopting one of three characters before battling against each other in five zones named after well-known superheroes and villains.

Craig said: “I’ve always wanted to run my own business so after trying out a similar game on holiday I decided to give up my accountancy traineeship to focus on launching Wee Heroes.

“My initial research showed that no one else was using the tech I wanted to in the UK, so I found a supplier, began searching for a venue, and then used advice from Business Gateway to help with the employment and interview process when taking on my staff.

“My adviser has now put me in touch with Visit Falkirk and VisitScotland and I will shortly benefit from tailored marketing support. That help has given me greater confidence and confirmed my business has real potential.”

A team of ten employees will help Craig create a fun and engaging experience for participants.

The Hero Support Team will provide safety information and a mission briefing before leading up to 22 people into the arena dubbed the ‘Hero Zone’. 

While the Hero Hydration Team will offer drinks and snacks in a 40-seater café staffed by the.

Stephen Land, Adviser for Business Gateway, said: “Wee Heroes is an exciting addition to our town centre. It will attract people from across central Scotland, breathing new life into the High Street.

“Craig has big plans for his business, and although he has just turned 19 he is determined to quickly grow his venture into the next big thing.

“He came to us with a robust business plan and financial forecasts so our advice has focused on expanding his understanding of business, helping him find the right staff and enhancing his management skills.”