NCBI and Maynooth University partnership: Student’s Take Over


The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has joined forces with Maynooth University, 2nd year School of Business students to harness their entrepreneurial skills in the retail sector. Students are tasked with developing a business plan and implementing it across 17 NCBI shops in the Kildare and Dublin region.

Maynooth NCBI

Rosie Henson, NCBI Head of Retail said “it is a really exciting yet practical initiative that will reap benefits for both the students and our stores. Students will have to look at all aspects of the retail business from pricing, stock levels, volunteer management and visual merchandising. Then different teams will be assigned to different shops to implement their business plans. It is a great opportunity tap into their enthusiasm, objectivity and creativity.”

Dr Nicola Mountford, School of Business, Maynooth University said “We are very grateful to the NCBI for allowing our students to put their business plans into action in NCBI shops throughout Leinster.  Do please support our students and the NCBI by visiting your local shop between 16th and 20th of March.”

Sarah Brooks

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