St. Patrick’s Grammar School staff and students were delighted to learn that the school’s Young Enterprise team had won the Marketing Award at the Young Enterprise Southern Region Trade Stand competition held in Rushmere Shopping centre, Craigavon.
Students from the six Young Enterprise regions set up shops at various Shopping Centres around Northern Ireland at the start of February. Over 500 young people sold their own products and offered shoppers something different to traditional retailers. From 10am to 2pm the student companies were set up, with the competitors doing their best to impress the public and the judges.
The group from St Patrick’s set up their own real life company as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme back in September, with the help of Business Studies teacher Mrs Deirdre Grant. The company, Altitude Armagh Ltd, sells sport and leisure goods and operates just as a real company would. The St Patrick’s students worked hard on their accounts, mission statement and interview technique in preparation for the local heat. The team not only impressed their customers but a panel of judges and were delighted to pick up the “The Marketing Award”.
Mr Dominic Clarke, Principal of St Patrick’s, expressed his delight; “The students have been highly commended for their efforts. I offer my congratulations to the Year 13 students involved and to Mrs Grant – well done to all”. Mrs Grant highly commended the students adding that they had put a huge amount of time and effort into the project over recent months. Mrs Grant expressed her gratitude to the local businesses that have sponsored Altitude Limited: MCA Accountants, Interrailing Packages ,CK Rafferty Solicitors, Henry Murray & Co Accountants, Morgan McLernon Chilled and Frozen distribution & Slane’s Coach Hire.