Young entrepreneur Bláthnaid Murphy from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Drogheda is presented with first prize in the Junior Category of the Student Enterprise Awards by Minister Pat Breen and Thomas McEvoy, Secretary of the Local Enterprise Network. Photo: Leon Kinsella, Photocall.
A welcome feature of the business scene, in Drogheda and also nationally, has been the number of women who have struck out on their own and become successful in so many areas of endeavour. From food to finance, engineering to communications, women are doing it for themselves.
And it seems that this trend is set to continue into the next generation. Last week local girl Bláthnaid Murphy beat off competition from hundreds of her peers around the country to win first prize in the Junior Category in the Student Enterprise Programme 2016-2017.
Over 22,000 teenagers nationally took part. The cream of the crop, 200 students from 77 mini companies, made it to the Student Enterprise National Finals in Croke Park last week and Bláthnaid, a student at Our Lady’s Secondary School, scooped first prize with her on line shop called Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties which sells fashion and safety accessories for pets.
Guest of honour at the awards ceremony was Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen T.D. He congratulated the young winners and said “Entrepreneurship is the backbone of Ireland’s economy, which is why this Student Enterprise Programme and Awards is so important. Learning about enterprise and having the opportunity to learn by doing, at an early age, lays the foundations for successful entrepreneurship in the future.
Through the programme students learn to develop business ideas, conduct market research, source materials and produce their products, design their packaging and marketing literature, sell their product to the public and manage their company finances. They also learn how to work as a team and develop their confidence in sales. These are valuable business and enterprise skills and will be useful to them whether they choose to work for someone else or set up their own business.
Peggy McGlynn of the Local Enterprise Office who manages the Student Enterprise Programme in Louth said: “We are thrilled with Bláthnaid’s win.
“Student Enterprise in Louth is going from strength to strength. Numbers participating in the programme this year have increased by over 25%. We now have in excess of 1,000 students in 18 schools in Louth taking part. Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties is a brilliant enterprise and we are delighted to celebrate her success.”
Dunopoly, from St. Mary’s College in Dundalk, were also announced as winners of the Best Display award in the Senior Category.
“The competition was tough at the National Finals,” Peggy concluded “but it is really wonderful to see so many superb young entrepreneurs being developed and supported in our secondary schools.”
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