In Year 13 at Wallace High School, students are given the opportunity to set up and run a business in the Young Enterprise Company Programme.
This year there are six companies within Wallace’ Young Enterprise Company: Buddy’s Books, Picture Perfect, Belina, Steph n’ Stitch, Little Chefs and Staple Stationary.
At the North East Area Board Trade Fair, held in the Abbey Centre, Newtownabbey the Companies won all the prizes they were eligible to win.
Little Chefs won the ‘Best Visiting Company Award’ and one of the company members, Pippa, won the ‘Best Sales Person Award’ for her outstanding record of sales on the day. Buddy’s Books won the ‘Best Product Award’ for their innovative book and Balina, which spotted a gap in the market by selling high quality 1 litre water bottles to encourage everyone to drink the recommended two litres of water per day, won the ‘Best Marketing Award’ and the ‘Mystery Shopper Award’.
Steph n’ Stitch have produced hand stitched goods such as coin purses, make-up bags, pencil cases and scrunchies. They also had a successful day with company member, Christine, winning the ‘Best Sales Person Award’ jointly with Pippa.
At the South East Area Board Trade Fair in the Bloomfield Shopping Centre, Bangor, Wallace Companies were again to win all awards available. On the day Little Chefs beat all of their competitors to win the ‘Best Overall Company Award’ and the Runner Up went to Balina. Little Chefs also won the ‘Highest Sales Award’, with Balina winning the ‘Best Marketing Award’ and the ‘Best Product Award’. Staple Stationery who have produced a calendar in the run up to the new year and have now diversified into selling mystery books/DVD packages and their own custom made notebooks won two awards - ‘Social Media Award’ and ‘Mystery Shopper Award’.