Young Enterprise Scheme awards

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Southland-Lakes District Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) company of the year Aparima Scarves chief executive Emma Ronald (left) and directors Shakaiya Raman-Angus and Laura Menzies. Photo: Supplied

THE annual Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) national awards were held in Wellington last week.

Southland-Lakes District YES company of the year Aparima Scarves competed against 22 other companies from throughout New Zealand at the national awards.

Aparima Scarves chief executive Emma Ronald said although they did not win the national title, the experience had given the team the opportunity to network with other young entrepreneurs and meet business people from throughout the country.

Aparima Scarves produced pure New Zealand wool scarves in Aparima College colours, with assistance from the Riverton community, to be sold at the school.

Emma said the judges were impressed with the community aspect of their product, with members of the community volunteering to knit and crochet the scarves.

“To the judges’ surprise we even managed to arrange for a sheep to be put on display… our mascot.”

The annual YES provides Years 12 and 13 pupils with the opportunity to learn about business by setting up their own company and producing and marketing a real product or service.

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