Council Hosts Student Workshop for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Wednesday 4th December 2019

Ards and North Down Borough Council, in partnership with Young Enterprise, hosted a ‘desk to boardroom’ workshop at Bangor Aurora last week for Year 12 students from four local schools as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Mayor with students at the business workshop

Over 70 pupils from Bangor Grammar, Holywood Steiner School, Movilla High School and Nendrum College attended the event which promoted entrepreneurship as a career option for post-primary pupils. Representatives from Prince’s Trust, South Eastern Regional College, Social Enterprise Northern Ireland and Young Enterprise were also on hand for some informative Q&A sessions.

Students delved into the world of business ownership and after an inspirational insight into the journey of the event’s keynote speaker, Aimee Clint, who is one of Northern Ireland’s youngest entrepreneurs, each pupil took part in a group task where they had to create a new business idea.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“We want to inspire the next generation to establish their own businesses in the borough. The Council has an ambitious target of creating 7,500 new jobs by 2030 and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow will help to achieve that aim.”

“The Global Entrepreneurship event provided a great opportunity for students to think ‘outside the box’. They had to decide what products or services they were going to offer, where their business would be located, how they would promote it and how much they were going to charge for it. It was a really productive day and they all managed to devise some really good, viable business ideas.”

With prizes up for grabs, students worked in groups in an attempt to claim the awards for Best Idea, Best Presentation and Best Overall Idea. They were judged by representatives from Young Enterprise and Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Winners included Holywood Steiner School (Best Presentation), Bangor Grammar School (Best Idea and Best Overall Idea) and Nendrum College (Runner-Up, Best Overall Idea).