Business concept by Bantry students drifts to success

Posted on: 10th March, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Drift Away, a Transition Year mini company from Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí, is experiencing an unprecedented level of interest in and demand for their locally produced upcycled products.

Drift Away is a Transition Year mini company from Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí and in the few months since its creation, it has experienced unprecedented levels of growth in sales.

As well as selling to friends and family, Drift Away has expanded into retail markets throughout West Cork and beyond.

The company produces handcrafted, bespoke items of décor produced from natural driftwood sourced from the shores of Bantry Bay and its surrounds. Embracing the current trend for upcycling, Drift Away has succeeded in developing a sustainable business model based on a material often overlooked despite its natural beauty.

As well as selling directly to consumers, Drift Away products are being stocked in retail outlets throughout Cork city and county, as well as further afield. The unique appeal of these products has been proven by the high levels of sales and where the company initially planned to sell to members of the public in craft fairs and online, however the unique appeal has proven to be so successful that the company is seriously considering expanding its operation for direct sales.

Speaking of the success that the company has experienced. Managing Director, Meghan Endersen said: “We worked really hard at choosing our idea and developing these products. To be honest even we have been somewhat surprised at the levels of interest in our products. At first we thought that this enterprise would be limited to being a school project, but the business is proving to be something that can continue to grow and develop in the future.”

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