Young Enterprise NI – the leading business education charity – brought business to life for young people across the North West when they held their annual Trade Fair at Foyleside Shopping Centre.
The students spent much of the academic year developing businesses as they learned new skills in entrepreneurship and business management.
The trade fair gave the “companies” an opportunity to bring their products to market and test their sales skills by trading with the general public.
Eighteen Young Enterprise “companies” attended the trade fair including teams from Lisneal College, North West Regional College, St Brigid’s College, St Cecilia’s College, St Columb’s College, St Mary’s College, Limavady Grammar School, Foyleview & Belmont School, and Cathedral Youth Club.
Limavady Grammar School’s “company” Ped-A-Stool won the prize for “Best Overall Company” while St Cecilia’s College’s “Top Dog” came second. Lisneal College’s Mary Thompson received the “Best Salesperson” award.
North West Regional, College and Cathedral Youth Club won awards for the best companies in the “Start-Up” and “QuickStart” categories.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan who, attended the event, said it allowed local students the chance to learn about enterprise and commerce.
He added: “They got a real-life insight into the world and practice of business and clearly enjoy the experience.
“Employers today feel that academic success alone is not enough and they are increasingly looking to students who can demonstrate other skills like team-working, leadership and communication skills.
“I am a strong supporter of Young Enterprise which is doing so much to encourage a culture of enterprise in our local students. The enthusiasm of these young business people is the best endorsement of Young Enterprise’s work.”
Young Enterprise NI is a charity and is part-funded by the Department of Education. For further information and for details volunteering and fundraising opportunities please visit www.yeni.co.uk.