Students from schools across the northwest shone the light of innovation at Foyleside today during the Young Enterprise Annual Foyle Trade Fair at Foyleside Shopping Centre.
Students came together at the centre to showcase their companies and selling a range of products and services that they developed through the Young Enterprise Company Programme.
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan praised the initiative and drive of local students.
Mr Durkan said: “This is a great opportunity to give local students the chance to learn about enterprise and commerce. They get a real-life insight into the world and practice of business and clearly enjoy the experience.
“It is great to see the students inspired and equipped with new business skills that will enhance their self-confidence and instil important qualities like initiative and drive. The different companies and diversity of products provide encouraging signs of innovation and collaboration.
“The students have had the opportunity to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice by creating, promoting and selling a product of their choice. In doing so, this has helped develop their skills and capabilities for enterprise and business.
“Employers today feel that academic success alone is not enough and they are increasingly looking to students who can demonstrate other skills like team-working, leadership and communication skills.
“I am a strong supporter of Young Enterprise which is doing so much to encourage a culture of enterprise in our local students. The enthusiasm of these young business people is the best endorsement of Young Enterprise’s work.”