Young entrepreneurs honoured

Mayor of Derry, Councillor Colum Eastwood with Thornhill College students who won teh Young Enterprise award pictured with guest.  (0804JB51)
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Colum Eastwood with Thornhill College students who won teh Young Enterprise award pictured with guest. (0804JB51)

Thornhill students were among the future entrepreneurs honoured at a special ceremony hosted by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland in Derry.

The Northern Ireland gala graduation in Derry’s Millennium Forum recognised achievement within several business categories, as well as recognising the efforts of local business volunteers who mentor and support the young people.

Students and staff of Knockavoe School, Strabane who won teh Young Enterprise award pictured with guests.  (0804JB50)

Students and staff of Knockavoe School, Strabane who won teh Young Enterprise award pictured with guests. (0804JB50)

Carol Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, said the awards had an important role to play in the development and recognition of future business talent. “Our programmes are designed to develop business skills in our young people and encourage them to think about taking up a career that will enable them to be enterprising, creative and commercially aware.”

The awards, which are supported by Derry City Council, Ilex and the Department for Education, were a culmination of a year long programme that encourages students to develop a business plan, set up their business, raise share capital, develop, produce and market their product or service and manage company accounts before liquidating the company at the year’s end.

Over 1500 schoolchildren took part in the programme which saw 120 companies set up and run by the students. Among the winners were ‘Knockavoe Crafts’ from Knockavoe School in Strabane and ‘Flip It’ from Thornhill College.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan, who attended the event last week, said: “It was great to see Young Enterprise bring their overall Northern Ireland Winners event to Derry. “Young Enterprise provides students with those vital skills and a great opportunity to learn about enterprise and commerce. They get a real-life insight into the world and practice of business.!