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Northern Ireland enterprising students hope to score top business award

By Lisa Smyth

Students who have secured deals for a series of books on helping children cope with cancer are in the running for a top UK business award.

The pupils from St Patrick's College in Dungannon will present their business plan along with companies from Scotland, Wales and England, in the hope of being named Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year.

Enlighten Hope, which was named Young Enterprise NI Company of the Year in May, wrote and illustrated three short stories that deal with the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in a child-friendly way.

They have expanded their product internationally - visiting publishers in Dublin and New York, and secured a deal to sell the books on the Amazon Kindle Store.

And they recently secured a deal with Libraries NI to stock the books in six libraries across Northern Ireland.

These include Belfast Central, Coleraine, Derry Central, Dungannon, Enniskillen and Portadown Libraries. Carol Fitzsimons, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland CEO, said: "Enlighten Hope are truly an inspirational group of young people.

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