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Fairhill Shopping Centre Ballymena Inspires Sustainable Entrepreneurs with P5 Student Competition

Fairhill Shopping Centre Ballymena is thrilled to announce its partnership with p5 students for an exciting competition that encouraged sustainability and innovative business ideas. The competition, open to p5 students,…
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Fairhill Shopping Centre Ballymena is thrilled to announce its partnership with p5 students for an exciting competition that encouraged sustainability and innovative business ideas. The competition, open to p5 students, challenged participants to create a new business centred around upcycled or recycled products from stores within the Fairhill Shopping Centre.

Students were invited to select a product, such as coffee grounds, books, clothes, or other recyclable materials, and use a provided template or a blank sheet of paper to design a captivating poster for their envisioned store. The posters were to include essential elements such as the business name, logo, slogan, a drawing of the new product, and a brief description explaining its sustainability.

The entries are displayed on the windows of a dedicated unit within the Fairhill Shopping Centre for three weeks starting from 06 June 2023. This fantastic opportunity allowed participants to showcase their creativity and raise awareness about the importance of sustainable business practices.

Fairhill Shopping Centre and Young Enterprise NI would like to express their gratitude to everyone who took part in the Sustainable Business Poster Competition. The response has been incredible, with a wide range of entries showcasing exceptional quality and ingenuity. Visitors to the Fairhill Shopping Centre have the opportunity to appreciate the display and gain insight into the significance of sustainable business practices.

The panel of judges faced a challenging task in selecting the winning entries, given the exceptional level of competition. After careful deliberation, the following p5 students emerged as the winners:

Emily McDowell with the idea of “Educational Enablers Store” – awarded £50 Works voucher.
Maria Dorrity with the concept of “Stayons” – awarded £25 Works voucher as the runner-up.
Emily Hoy with the creative idea of “Emily’s Cup of Joy” – awarded £25 Works voucher as the runner-up.
Lena Kulinska with the innovative concept of “Lena’s Unique Bags” – awarded £25 Works voucher as the runner-up.

Fairhill Shopping Centre extends heartfelt congratulations to all the students who participated in the competition. Each submission showcased remarkable talent and commitment to sustainable business practices.

The Sustainable Business Poster Competition at Fairhill Shopping Centre Ballymena serves as a reminder of the incredible potential that young minds possess in fostering environmentally conscious entrepreneurship. By encouraging creativity, innovation, and sustainable thinking, Fairhill Shopping Centre and Young Enterprise NI aim to inspire a new generation of responsible business leaders.