Well done to Ruby Redmond “Ruby‘s Resins” and Ashley Murray “Ashley JNR” who both represented our school in the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards 2022, following in the footsteps of Lauren Williams, who won Awards in this competition in 2021 for her product, Irish Sea Mist.
The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 29,000 second level students taking part each year, with only 24 winners being selected to receive a prize at the Awards Ceremony.
Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this 8 month long enterprise education learning programme.
In September 2020, TY student Lauren Williams began her journey on the Student Enterprise Programme, along with about 29,000 other students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country.
Lauren developed her product called “Irish Sea Mist”, as a result of seeing problems with teenagers skin, from wearing face masks all day in school. Irish Sea Mist is a face mist used when wearing a face mask, to calm, clear and combat irritated acne-prone skin, while helping improve mental health and wellbeing. Lauren uses seawater collected from the beautiful coastline of Bannow Bay in Cullenstown close to where she lives. This seawater is pasteurised and filtered. Irish Sea Mist also uses witch hazel and essential oils.
In March 2021, Lauren went on to win outright the Senior Category at the County finals of the SEP. Next up were the National finals of the competition, held in May 2021. There were 72 student enterprises competing at National Level. Lauren’s product Irish Sea Mist went on to win 2 awards, Best Commercial Potential, Senior Category and Special Merit Award in the Intellectual Property Awards.
The school community of Bridgetown College is extremely proud of our TY student Lauren Williams, and wish her continued success!