Countdown to Christmas as Cork schools unwrap ideas.
The annual Cork Schools Enterprise Programme Christmas Trade Fair is set to return to Blackpool Shopping Centre this Thursday, featuring some dynamic new business ideas and mini-companies by Cork secondary students.
Run by the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City, the event will feature 30 mini-companies chosen from 13 schools across the city, where they will be given the opportunity to showcase and put on sale some of the innovative new products and services they have developed as part of the programme.
Students from St Aloysius Girls’ School, Bishopstown Community School, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Scoil Mhuire, Nagle College, North Presentation Girls’ School, Christ King, Presentation Boy’s School, Mardyke, St Angela’s School, St Vincent’s School, Coláiste Daibheád, Christian Brothers College, St. Francis College Rochestown will be taking part in the Christmas Trade Fair this year.
Speaking ahead of the Christmas Trade Fair, Olive Guerin, assistant business advisor, Cork Schools Enterprise Programme, said: “We are delighted to see such talent, innovation and creativity coming the Cork City Schools for 2018.
“Shoppers at Blackpool Shopping Centre are in for a real treat on December 6 when they see what these innovative young entrepreneurs have on offer.”
The event will showcase businesses from across a range of sectors including craft, education, social entre- preneurship and technology. The Christmas Trade Fair is open to the general public giving students the opportunity to increase sales of their product/service, as well as helping them learn valuable lessons in customer relations and promotion.
Representatives from companies at the forefront of local and international business will be part of the judging panel. These include Fire- mole; Russell and Co.; and OtterBox, an international company that makes protective solutions for mobile devices.
Adrienne Rodgers, head of local enterprise, said: “The Student Enterprise Programme is an excellent initiative which we are delighted to be part of and able to offer. It gives students an opportunity to have a taste of what running a real business is like. Once students take part and actively get involved in this programme, the learning is a natural part of the process.”
The Local Enterprise Office Cork City’s Schools Enterprise Programme is an enterprise education programme that gives second-level students in Cork city the opportunity to set up and run a mini-company over the course of the academic year in order to learn what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur.
Students from Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown who will be unwrap their ideas at a Christmas Trade Fair at Blackpool Shopping Centre on Thursday next, December 6.