Fes­tive flair

Count­down to Christ­mas as Cork schools un­wrap ideas.

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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.

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