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SOME 74 students from 13 local secondary schools in Clare are learning about the world of business by setting up their own enterprises through the Student Enterprise Programme with Local Enterprise Office Clare.


The Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. has officially launched the 2017/2018 Student Enterprise Programme, which is the biggest enterprise education initiative of its kind in the country.

Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Clare, commented: “The aim of the Student Enterprise Programme is to provide students with an opportunity to experience what running their own business involves and hopefully in the future, it will encourage some of them to start a business in Clare and create local employment.”

At the national launch in County Wicklow, the Minister was joined by student entrepreneurs, the Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities.

Updates for teacher resource packs are available to secondary schools from the Local Enterprise Offices, free of charge, through website.

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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