Date: 6th November 2011
A Mount Aspiring College all-girl business group was named top company at the Young Enterprise Scheme’s southern regional awards in Invercargill this week.
Back Black Enterprise – comprised of year 13 pupils Elle Scurr (18), Abbi Ayre (18), Sina Schaal (19) and Ashley Campbell (17) – have sold thousands of their roll-on black and white face-paint sticks throughout New Zealand, capitalising on the popularity of the Rugby World Cup.
Back Black is one of 20 New Zealand secondary school companies to vie for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme company of the year award at a national competition in Wellington on December 1.
The company is also the recipient of more than one excellence award, with which it will be presented at the December awards dinner.
Young Enterprise Trust spokeswoman Robin Borne said Back Black developed a “stand-out” product and demonstrated a “steadfast focus” on maximising sales by securing national distribution through major retailers.
“They’ve been very passionate about their goal and they’ve seen an opportunity and they’ve got very busy and active straight away at marketing and promoting … ” Ms Borne said.
By Lucy Ibbotson on Thu, 3 Nov 2011