Schools project is just the business
'Our Local Business' is the theme of this year's Building for the Future initiative run by Independent Newspapers Ireland.
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, with a prize fund of €1.5m, it is open to all primary schools.
Pupils are invited to compile a mini-project in written and photographic format on a selected local business. From the tiniest corner shop in the village to the largest factory in the town, pupils are encouraged to tell the story of their chosen business, how it has changed over the years and how it contributes to the life of the local surrounding community.
Each school must collect 20 tokens per pupil to participate. An independent judging panel will select the best national entry which will receive a first prize of a €20,000 school grant.