TY pupils in shoe-business
Smooth Remove was an instant hit with the Judges at the Student Enterprise Programme last Friday when 12 Transition Year students from Boherbue Comprehensive School not only won the top prize but also received an award for the most creative business on social media at the competition final in Croke Park.
The students were delighted to scoop the top honour in the competition which saw a total of 26,000 young people compete countrywide.
Their teacher, Aine Ni Bhriain said they have worked tirelessly since September on the project and are a highly motivated team.
"It's a fantastic achievement for Boherbue Comprehensive School, the 12 students and their parents," she said.
Laura Moynihan, Managing Director of the Group speaking to The Corkman said: "We are absolutely delighted and thrilled to have won this competition, both for ourselves, our school and the entire Duhallow region.
"The Student Enterprise Programme was a great experience because it taught us valuable skills such as communication, finance and teamwork and also the workings of a business," Laura said.
"We couldn't have achieved this great win without help and guidance from several people, especially our Business Studies teacher Ms Murphy, Joan Kelleher Business Advisor with LEO Cork North and West, Garry Lowe, Whizzkids Enterprise Programme Co-Ordinator, our Principal Ms Leader, Deputy Principal Mr McSweeney and all the staff and students of Boherbue Comprehensive School," Laura added.
Smooth Remove is an innovative aid for removing footwear. The product fits any size of footwear and can be personalised to suit individual tastes. The concept continued to evolve over the past few months and increasing demand for the product prompted the students to add a Shoe Box.
The standard product costs €10, with an added laser engraved image costing €15.
Smooth Remove has formed a business partnership with Sullvet, a national and international veterinary supplies business. The product can be purchased at Boherbue Co-op, Central Shoe Stores, Kanturk, and Rhyno Mills, Castleisland.