Tran­si­tion year stu­dents dis­play busi­ness prow­ess

STU­DENT EN­TER­PRISE AWARDS JUDGES IM­PRESSED AT 2010 COUNTY FI­NAL

Bray People - - NEWS FOCUS - Myles BUCHANAN

SEVENTY-THREE tran­si­tion year stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing 21 mini-com­pa­nies from nine Wick­low schools pre­sented their busi­nesses at the 2010 County Fi­nal of Wick­low County En­ter­prise Board’s Stu­dent En­ter­prise Awards last Tues­day.

Early that morn­ing each mini­com­pany pre­pared their stand at Cler­mont Hall at the Wick­low County Cam­pus in Rath­new await­ing their pre­sen­ta­tion to three judges.

The award for Tar­get­ing the Largest Mar­ket went to The Clock Shop from Co­laiste Bhríde in Carnew. Cal­en­dar Girls from St. Mary’s Col­lege in Ark­low won the award for Best Mar­ket Re­search. Grey­stones-based Any­time Treats from St. David’s were awarded the Best Qual­ity Prod­uct/Ser­vice tro­phy. Best Dis­play was awarded to A&A Nest­ing Ltd, also from Co­laiste Bhríde in Carnew.

Part of the com­pe­ti­tion in­volves each mini-com­pany mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to the judges and as­sem­bled stu­dents. The award for Best Pre­sen­ta­tion went to Flashart Diva from St. Kevin’s Com­mu­nity School, Dunlavin. The fi­nal cat­e­gory prize was awarded to Click­Art.ie from St. Ger­ard’s in Bray, for Most In­no­va­tive Idea. Sec­ond run­ners-up for the over­all prize was Hon­esty Skin Care, a sole trader from St. Ger­ard’s who has de­signed his own brand of or­ganic skin care prod­ucts and had a very im­pres­sive busi­ness re­port. First run- ner-up was Pimp My Gear from Co­laiste Chroabh Ab­hann in Kil­coole, who cus­tomise a wide se­lec­tion of prod­ucts for cus­tomers in their school.

Over­all Prize on the day went to The Quaid Quar­tet, an­other Sole Trader, hail­ing from Co­laiste Bhríde in Carnew. Ti­mothy Quaid and his sib­lings have played mu­si­cal in­stru­ments from a young age, and when the op­tion to start his own busi­ness in Tran­si­tion Year arose, Ti­mothy took the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a CD of all their best works. They have sold very suc­cess­fully and look set to take the world of clas­si­cal mu­sic by storm. Wick­low’s hopes now rest with Ti­mothy and Co­laiste Bhríde at the Na­tional Fi­nals in Croke Park next month.

Rep­re­sent­ing St. Mary's Col­lege in Ark­low with Nik Nak Neck­laces were Zoe Jones, Aisha Sheri­dan, Emma O'Reilly, Tonya Swayne and Kerri Treil­lion. The girls won the award for Best Mar­ket Re­search.

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