Over 400 students from second level schools from all over North Cork took part in a Christmas Fair run by the Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West at the Mallow GAA complex on Friday, December 9th.

A total of 59 mini-companies from second level schools all over Cork, from 1st year and Transition Year, set up and put on display products they have produced since the school year began in September.

The event was organised as part of the Student Enterprise Programme run by the LEO. To reward their effort, the Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West put up a number of trophies. Among the winners at the Trade Fair were Coláiste an Chraoibhín from Fermoy, who won the Best Team Spirit Group 1 award for their Winter Wonderland stand and Nagle Rice Secondary School from Doneraile, who won the Best Team Spirit Group 2 award.

Speaking at the event, Head of Local Enterprise at the North Cork Local Enterprise Office, Kevin Curran, thanked all the teachers for the support they provide to their students. “Looking around at the group of inspirational and business focused young people here today, there is no doubt that the future of entrepreneurship in Ireland looks very bright indeed.”

The Student Enterprise Programme is a national initiative that instils entrepreneurial skills in young people and the showcase gave the students experience at putting together a presentation stand, pitching to judges and honing their sales skills. The next leg of the North Cork Local Enterprise Office Schools Programme Competition takes place in March 2017 with the Regional Final.