Posts Tagged 'Business'

Ankle Belt – Student Enterprise Awards

A company that has been set up as part of the ‘Student Enterprise Awards’ is ‘Ankle Belt’. This was set up by a team in 5th year.

Team description;

Our product is simply known as the ankle belt. The idea was thought of by one of the team members, Kieran who is an average cyclist who encountered the problem of his pants getting caught in the chain of the bike. Our product is designed to prevent your pants from getting caught up in the chain of the bike. It is basically a clip which will strap around the cyclists leg and prevent the cyclists pants from getting caught in the chain. The clip is designed to keep the cyclist safe and let them cycle without being worried about their trousers getting caught in their bike chain.

This may be a product you’ll use so keep an eye out!

CEO: Barry Redmond
Production: Cian Ruane
Organisation: Kieran Fahy
Finance: Steven Noonan
Promotion: Kieran Fahy
Sales and Marketing: Cédric Guiblain


From left to right; Barry Redmond, Steven Noonan, Kieran Fahy, Cédric Guiblain and Cian Ruane.

Cloud Covers – Student Enterprise Awards

One of the 5th year Student Enterprise ideas is called ‘Cloud Covers’. The company is selling mobile phone covers with local GAA clubs crests on them (at the moment there are Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy covers available!) The guys have been putting in the time and effort into the company and have a website up and running;

The website says;

Cloud Covers are a brand new line of covers that will accommodate those true fans who are proud to bear their clubs colours”

If you consider yourself a true fan then get in contact with Cloud Covers!!!

Watch this space, these guys could go far!

€125m Fund for medium-sized businesses

Good news for what Richard Bruton calls ‘the back-bone’ of Ireland…..check out the following article to stay up to date with your business news.

Interview with Tesco Manager

Click here to download the full interview with the manager of a Tesco store.

Find out what’s involved in managing a busy Tesco store. What qualities do Tesco look for when recruiting employees? Why is customer service important?

This interview was carried out by Mr. Naughton.

Local Entrepreneur visits LC Business

Aaron McMahon speaking to LC Business

By Micheal Lavelle

On 7th of November, local entrepreneur Aaron Mc Mahon came to visit our Leaving Certificate Business class to tell us about his business Rua. Here is my review of how the visit went.

Aaron’s Mother set the business up 16 years ago and originally named it Café Rouge. Once Aaron and his sister took over they decided to change the name to Rua.

Aaron told us that dedication and hard work is essential to be a successful entrepreneur. He presented us with 12 essential points from his past experience which he found essential to help him succeed. The point I found most interesting and important was “that the customer is king”. Without customers the business will not function and ultimately fail. I found Aaron’s visit very helpful for helping me with my Leaving Cert Business and future predicaments.

Aaron McMahon and a student from LC Business

Business Boot Camp 2009

Twenty-seven Fifth Year Business  Students attended this year’s Small Business Boot Camp held on Tuesday October 20th in The TF Royal Theatre.

Small Business Boot CampThe students were divided up into three teams and competing against eight other groups from Davitt College, Castlebar and Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh.

The three St. Gerald’s teams were:

  • Express Yourself
  • Sticky Auto Brush
  • Drive On

The students showed great creativity and initiative and presented their products extremely well to the judging panel.

Team Sticky Auto Brush (a new innovative electronic toothbrush) were just beaten at the line and pushed into second place by a group from Davitt College with their product a beeping sensor for cups.

Teams were able to meet with local entrepreneurs like Tom Murphy from Pamex who was very impressed with the student’s Sticky Auto Brush.

Business Boot Camp 2009
Business Boot Camp 2009
Go to our Picasa page for more photos…

More photos from the Boot Camp

More photos from the Small Business Boot Camp have been added to our Picasa page.


Business Boot Camp Winners

Mr. Hannon’s and Mr. Naughton’s Fifth Year Business classes attended a Small Business Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs at Breaffy House Hotel on Tuesday December 2nd.

The Boot Camp was organised by the Mayo County Enterprise Board.

Students were divided into groups and had to come up with a business idea, devise a good name for their business and write a business plan. Each group then had to present their idea to a panel of judges.

The iConvert team won first prize (a digital camera for each team member) for their business idea of converting old videos to DVD.

The team were in second place. They missed out on first prize by just one point!

Well done to all the teams that took part. There were some excellent business ideas from all the teams. Here is a list of all the team members.

Some photos from the day.

Boot Camp 1

Boot Camp 2

Boot Camp 3

More photos.

Read Darragh’s report from the Boot Camp.

Business on the Web

I have now set up our own Youtube channel for the SGC Business Blog. You will now see the Youtube logo on the right column of the blog. This channel will contain all videos we use in class for all the business subjects and other videos as well. You can post a comment on any of the videos on the Youtube channel and if you have any suggestions for some videos to be added, then let me know by email or post a comment on the Youtube page.

There are some great business resources on the web. You should take a look at the following and add them to your favourites:

There are more listed on the right column of the blog and remember all websites we use are on the blog’s Delicious page.

If you know of any other good websites or resources on the web then let use know by email or post a comment here. provides free handouts, updates and other learning resources written specifically for students using Enda Connolly’s BUSINESS ON-LINE.

The website lists additional resources for each chapter on the Leaving Certificate Business course. It also has some news items on the homepage that are related to the subject.

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Email: sgcbusiness [at] stgeraldscollege [dot] com

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