Consumer Skills
03rd March 2000


<p>The first NI consumer champions of the new millennium will be crowned today, Friday 3 March at the Ulster Museum Belfast.</p>

Three teams of students from Banbridge, Coleraine and Donaghmore will compete for the coveted title of Northern Ireland’s Young Consumers 2000 and £500 prize money. The General Consumer Council and Trading Standards Service run the quiz to raise young people’s knowledge of consumer rights and responsibilities. The teams competing - Banbridge Academy, Causeway Institute Coleraine and St Joseph’s Convent Grammar School Donaghmore - beat 39 other schools and colleges of further education to get to the final. Teams will be quizzed on consumer law, health and environment, and topical consumer issues such as food safety and advertising aimed at children. The winners will receive £500 for their school, a silver trophy and individual prizes. David Livingstone, Chief Trading Standards Officer commented, “Through this quiz students learn how to avoid being ripped off and, at the same time, to act as responsible consumers. The lessons learned will remain with them throughout their lives.” Joan Whiteside, Chairman of the General Consumer Council said “Younger consumers need to be more aware of their rights. Businesses who are keen to improve their service to customers should also welcome this quiz. It produces better informed young people who know about consumer law and how to handle consumer problems fairly and reasonably”. ENDS 1 The competition starts at 12 o’clock and ends at 1.00pm. It will take place in the lecture theatre at the Ulster Museum. Photo opportunities will be available from 12.50 until 1.10pm. 2 The teams are: Banbridge Academy Noelle Magennis, Mark Hudson, Simon Bell and Rebecca McConnell. The teacher in charge is Miss Lynne Elliott. Causeway Institute Coleraine Mervyn Linton, Kerry Archibald, Michelle Dobbin and Richard Hyndman The teacher in charge is Mr Colm McKenna. St Joseph’s Convent Grammar School Donaghmore Orla Hughes, Claire McArdle, Shauna Monaghan and Katie Loughran The teacher in charge is Mrs Anne Garvey . 3 42 teams entered the competition. The finalists won their regional heats which were held before Christmas. 4 For further information please contact Carol Edwards at the General Consumer Council 01232 672488 or Anthony Haughan at Trading Standards 01232 253912