A ROXBORO student looks set for a bright future in after setting up a nail business - and recording healthy initial profits.
Jenny Mullins, a transition year student at Gaelcholaiste Luimni, won the Limerick City Enterprise Board’s Student Enterprise Awards for her nail decoration business, and is now preparing for the final in Croke Park.
She sank her own time and money into ensuring she qualified to be a nail technician, doing a one-to-one course in Parnell Street.
And it has paid off, after her firm - Nails by Jenny - recorded profits of €695 by the end of 2013: “I was fond of my getting my own nails done, so I thought wouldn’t it be great if I was able to do them myself,” Jenny said.
She was quick to realise that there will always be a steady demand for people of all ages looking to have their nails decorated, saying: “It is a really good thing to have behind you, even when you are in college, it is always something that there will be a demand for.”
Jenny beat almost 100 students from across the city to land the Student Enterprise Award last week, and she admits she was not expecting it at all.
“We all got interviewed by [host] Richard Lynch, and I felt there were some really good ideas there. When they called second place, I felt if I was getting anything, it would have been second. When they called my name in first, I was excited,” she said.
As a result of the win, Jenny took home €300 in prize money, which she will reinvest into her business, printing business cards, and introducing new products.
Business teacher Mary Breathnach was delighted with all the school’s students which entered the contest.
On April 4, they will hold a special event to celebrate all the good business ideas among students.
Sinead Ni Chiarda, deputy principal, admitted she was not the best supporter of Jenny’s business idea when it was first introduced, due to the school’s nail varnish ban.
“But she is brilliant, and I am very proud of her. I have known Jenny since first year, and she is a very confident, self-assured young woman. She had this great idea, and went with it, despite the setbacks,” she concluded.