‘Easy Lace’ best overall company in the Southern Region

Congratulations to members of the two Lismore companies who participated in Young Enterprise’s Company Programme this year, Key Katchers and Easy Lace.

We are delighted to announce that ‘Easy Lace’ won best overall company in the Southern Region at the Celebration Event in Titanic Belfast this week and are through to the NI final in May at Belfast City Hall. Good luck to the team and thanks and congratulations to all involved.

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Members from respective companies pictured at the front of the Titanic Quarter, ‘Easy Lace’ and ‘Key Katchers’ with Mrs Adams (Chair of Governors) and Mr McVeigh (Link Teacher)

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Overall Best Company from Southern Region, ‘Easy Lace’ with a representative from Irish News, Carol Fitzsimmons (Young Enterprise Chief Executive), Mrs Kane (Principal), Mrs Adams (Chair of Governors) and Mr McVeigh (Link Teacher)


‘Clear sweep win’ for Lismore at Young Enterprise Trade Fair

Lismore Comprehensive had a ‘clear sweep win’ at this year’s annual Southern Region Trade Fair of Young Enterprise held at Rushmere shopping centre.


Lismore had two companies trading on the 10th February. ‘Easy Lace’ and ‘Keys Katchers’.

‘Easy Lace’ sold a magnetic device to help keep laces tied and is aimed at young people who find it difficult to tie their laces; athletes to prevent laces becoming untied; and those who struggle with the physicality of trying their laces.

‘Key Katchers’ spotted a gap in the market and sold a device to help people from losing their key. A clap or a whistle will trigger a key ring on your keys to make a sound which will quickly help you locate your keys.

Due to excellent marketing and innovative products – both companies had their stock sold out within 30 min of trading and had to take orders which will be followed up in the coming weeks.


On the day Lismore beat off stiff competition from over forty companies and achieved two of the top awards. ‘Best Overall Company’ went to ‘Easy Lace’ and ‘Best Overall Company – Runner Up’ went to ‘Key Katchers’. Judges were taken by the high level of enthusiasm, work ethic and overall sound business acumen witnessed from both Lismore businesses.

Mr McVeigh commented “Both companies were grounded in market research coupled with a robust business plan – this approach helped to guide and navigate both businesses to success. This double win once again demonstrates the high standards achieved by students at Lismore. Students have demonstrated the importance of determination, hard work and positive attitude in order to achieve their vision. Students have done themselves, family and school proud”.


‘Easy Lace’ – Best Overall Company, ‘Easy Lace’ Link Teacher Mr McVeigh and Martin Walsh (Manager of Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon)



‘Key Katchers’ – Best Overall Company – Runner Up, ‘Key Katchers’ with Link Teacher Mr McVeigh and Martin Walsh (Manager of Rushmere Craigavon)



Principal Mrs Kane, Chair of Governors, Mrs Adams and former Principal, Mr Corrigan support runners up Key Katchers at Rushmere Trade Fair

Business Lecture

Year 13 students recently attended a Business Lecture at the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown. The event was organised by CIDO in conjunction with Portadown Rotary Club. The guest speaker this year was Tom Griffith, an entrepreneur, ideas originator, start-up motivator, media figure and author. Students were greatly inspired by Tom’s presentation.
Photo: Year 13 students with Tom Griffiths, Mr McVeigh (Teacher), Mrs Kate Adams (Chair of Governors & member of Portadown Rotary Club) and Ernest Lawson (President of Portadown Rotary Club)