Students from the Cathedral Youth Club in Londonderry have managed to put the “pieces together” and solve the jigsaw puzzle of how to set up a successful local business by creating a range of high quality jigsaws, place mats and coasters featuring photographs of the city.
They’ve been hailed by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, a state-sponsored charity that encourages young people to get involved in small scale capitalist enterprises.
The student business, named ‘Pieces Together,’ based at the Cathedral Youth Club, submitted a video to a Northern Ireland judging panel were they were named as runner-up in the Young Enterprise QuickPitch Challenge 2015, where they competed with eight other companies.
Their products are so popular the Young Enterprise company are continuing to sell them even after the competition.
Colin Jess, Senior Manager at Ulster Bank, said: “As a bank, we’ve been really pleased to support Young Enterprise and the Quickstart Programme for a fifth year. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to help young people understand how business works and encourage entrepreneurship.
“The energy and enthusiasm of all the participants is infectious and it is great to see such quality presentations from all of the finalists.”
Young Enterprise Northern Ireland is part funded by the Department of Education with support from the business sector.
The Young Enterprise QuickStart programme will have allowed 1,300 young people aged 12-16 to experience the real world of entrepreneurship alongside a volunteer business adviser
For more information about Young Enterprise and to see how you can support and get involved visit yeni.co.uk