THE annual Cork Schools Enterprise Programme Christmas Trade Fair is set to return to Blackpool Shopping Centre this Thursday, December 6, featuring some dynamic new business ideas and mini-companies by Cork secondary students.
Run by the Local Enterprise Office in Cork City, the event will feature 30 mini-companies chosen from thirteen schools across the city, where they will be given the opportunity to showcase and put on sale to the public 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, Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Scoil Mhuire, Nagle College, North Presentation Girls’ School, Christ the King, Presentation Boy’s School, Mardyke, St Angela’s School, St Vincent’s School, Colaiste Daibhead, Christian Brothers College and St Francis College Rochestown will be taking part in the Christmas Trade Fair this year.
The event will showcase businesses from across a range of sectors including craft, education, social entrepreneurship 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 OtterBox, an international company that makes protective solutions for mobile devices. Joining OtterBox will be representatives from local business Firemole and Russell and Co.
On the day, a range of prizes will be handed out, including for best business idea, best market research and best overall mini-company.
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.”