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Young people get down to business

Northern Ireland branch of Young Enterprise launches its 2013-14 programme

Young Enterprise NI has launched its Company Programme for the 2013-14 academic year in partnership with schools and businesses across Northern Ireland.

The beginning of the new academic year sees 1,200 young people preparing to set up their own companies and become the next generation of business leaders at launch events throughout Northern Ireland.

The North West area workshop saw more than 70 young people from schools and colleges including Lisneal College, Thornhill College, St Columb’s College, St Mary’s College, St Brigid’s College and St Cecilia’s College were in attendance at North West Regional College, Limavady.

The workshop aimed to motivate and inspire young people to create a successful business through interactive workshops focused on a range of business areas. Jim Herron, Bank of Ireland Limavady Branch Manager, facilitated a finance workshop, while those interested in HR attended a workshop hosted by Kathryn Smith, and Helen Canning from Armstrong Medical. Eamon Durey, Paul McCay and Delia Millan of The Nerve Centre’s FabLab also hosted an Innovation and Creativity workshop.

With the support of a Volunteer Business Adviser from the local business community, the students will establish and manage their company over the course of the academic year, testing their new sales and marketing skills at trade fairs throughout Northern Ireland in December and February. In May next year the programme concludes with a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast with the winning company being given the opportunity to compete in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year finals in London in July.

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