Transition year students display business prowess
STUDENT ENTERPRISE AWARDS JUDGES IMPRESSED AT 2010 COUNTY FINAL
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.