Limerick students win for their take on Business through the Ages

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Junior project winners Sumeika Khan, Caitlin McCarthy, Christine Franklin and Emma Kelly from Colaiste Nano Nagle with their project
STUDENTS at Castletroy College and Colaiste Nano Nagle are celebrating after winning business awards from Chamber.

STUDENTS at Castletroy College and Colaiste Nano Nagle are celebrating after winning business awards from Chamber.

One of the first events of the Limerick Chamber’ 200th anniversary, the business group reached out to schools across the city through its competition, Business through the Ages.

It is designed to encourage awareness among business studies students of why companies need to adapt.

Some 20 teams qualified for the finals event and presented their findings to a four person panel comprising representatives from the organisers, Limerick Chamber, and competition sponsors, Dell and LIT.

Grainne O’Mahoney, Charlotte Mullowney and Julia Banasiak from Castletroy College were senior category winners for a project on Sir Thomas Cleeve.

They were tasked with choosing an entrepreneur operating in Limerick over the last 200 years, and identify how they ran their business back then, and how they would do it now.

Christine Franklin, Kaitlin McCarthy, Emma Kelly and Sumeika Khan took the overall prize for the junior category for their project on Mes Fleurs flower shop in the city.

In the junior category students were asked to choose a business that operated in Limerick in the last 200 years and outline how it would have marketed its product or service then, now and some period over the next 200 years.

Chamber vice-president Catherine Duffy said: “It is wonderful to see the thought, preparation, fun and learning that went into all of the projects. The world of business is diverse, dynamic, exciting and rewarding.”

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, who presented the prizes, said: “This competition was a wonderful opportunity for students to hone their skills in this area while relating some of their learning from the curriculum to the real world.”

The overall winners in each category were presented with two Android tablets for their schools. The second and third-placed winners and the innovation prize winners each received a Dell eight inch Android tablet.