Belfast Telegraph

High school's budding entrepreneurs are toast of Titanic after T-shirt sales

By David Elliot

A team from Wallace High School has taken the top award in a competition which proves the future of the Northern Ireland economy is in good hands.

The Lisburn school picked up the Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award at a black-tie dinner in the Titanic Belfast building for their new T-shirt design firm 'quirkTees'.

The team, made up of 12 young entrepreneurs, sold both T-shirts and bags in the school and at trade fairs in shopping centres throughout Northern Ireland.

"QuirkTees has had a fantastic year in which they have experienced what it is like to run their own business, sell to the public, trade on an international level and work together successfully as a team," Karen Neill, a teacher at Wallace who worked with quirkTees, said.

QuirkTees now goes on to compete in the HSBC Young Enterprise Innovation Awards in the Intercontinental Hotel in London and, if successful, then on to the JA-YE Europe Competition to be held in Bucharest.

Banbridge Academy's '$ave On' company and 'Growth Spurt' from Thornhill College took the runner-up and highly-commended spots respectively in the tightly-fought competition. The IoD Entrepreneur of the Future Award was picked up by Laura Marshall from Markethill High School.

Young Enterprise works to inspire interest in business and entrepreneurship amongst young people aged five to 25 years old.

"The development of entrepreneurial skills within our young people will have far-reaching effects in terms of growing our economy," said Carol Fitzsimons, CEO of Young Enterprise NI.