A 'hot streak' of genius on the part of Wallace High School
students taking part in the Young Enterprise Scheme earned them
a trip to London's prestigious Park Lane Hotel to receive a
major accolade in recognition of their efforts.
'Hot Streak' is the name of Wallace's Young
Enterprise company whose members designed the 'Straight Safe'
hair straightener stand.
This was produced in a selection of colours
with a range of accessories. The students also created their own
advertisement for the product.
The young people's 'Cracking Ideas' HSBC
Young Enterprise Award recognised their understanding of the
importance and value of the 'Intellectual Property'
they created along with the stand. A
spokesperson explained the 'varied nature' of the intellectual
property of the company meant they investigated "a range of
"They first verified their idea was not being
developed by someone else by using the registered trade mark
search on the UK Intellectual Property Office's web-site, which
revealed their product to be unique in its area and thus could
be trademarked, protecting their product name 'Straight Safe',"
the spokesperson continued.
"This set them apart from their competitors
by reflecting the safety aspect of the product.'
She also said the company wrote, produced and
copyrighted an advert for their product, which was used in their
presentations and hosted online.
"They realised they could protect their
unique idea by design right,
which would prevent competitors from copying
the design, shape and configuration of the products," she
"Hot Streak's thorough research into
intellectual property protection and unique product development
impressed the judges, and was a great example of how future
Young Enterprise companies can take steps to safeguard their
innovative designs and products."
Valerie Ingram, Chief Executive Officer of
Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, said everyone at the
organisation was 'immensely proud of Hot Streak's achievement.
Not only have these young people developed
the skills and attitudes necessary to start their own business,
but also recognise that protecting their innovative idea is
crucial to its future success," she added.