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Y13 students discuss ideas for their product packaging as they prepare for the Young Enterprise NI Trade Fair - View Full Size Image
Y13 students discuss ideas for their product packaging as they prepare for the Young Enterprise NI Trade Fair
Y13 students putting the finishing touches to tie-dyed t-shirts to be exhibited at the Foyleside Young Enterprise Trade Fair - View Full Size Image
Y13 students putting the finishing touches to tie-dyed t-shirts to be exhibited at the Foyleside Young Enterprise Trade Fair
Members of the Midas Young Enterprise team display some of their products to be exhibited at the Foyleside Trade Fair  - View Full Size Image
Members of the Midas Young Enterprise team display some of their products to be exhibited at the Foyleside Trade Fair
05/02/2013 LORETO STUDENTS TURN IDEAS TO ENTERPRISE GOLD

A group of Year 13 students from Loreto College Coleraine has been hard at work this term in preparation for the annual Young Enterprise NI Trade Fair at Foyleside Shopping Centre, Derry, on 14th February.

The students have formed a mini-company, called Midas, and have put together a business plan for their company, which produces fashion items.  Back in October, the students held a bun sale to help finance their business.  Having collected plain tops and t-shirts from fellow students and sourced some at a low price, the students set to work in teams, rejuvenating the plain tops with lively, vintage-style tie-died patterns.  They also designed fashionably minimalist packaging for use in presenting their product to customers in an attractive manner.

As the February mid term draws near, the students are ready for the challenge of the Foyleside Trade Fair, where they will have the opportunity to present their product for sale to members of the public, and will also answer questions on their business plan and procedures from a panel of adjudicators.  In preparation for the event, some months ago the team received some valuable advice from BBC Young Apprentice 2011 runner-up James McCullagh, a former student of Loreto College, who is now working for a top London advertising agency.

Mrs Sinead McNicholl, Citizenship and Employability Co-ordinator at Loreto College, who has been working with the team in preparation for this event, paid tribute to the Year 13 students on their energy, enthusiasm and teamwork throughout recent months.  Mr Michael James, College Principal, wished the Loreto team and Mrs McNicholl every success at the Trade Fair on behalf of all the staff and students of the College.