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Christchurch entrepreneurs win #MyBizQuest.

TWO PHILANTHROPIC YOUNG KIWIS, Samantha Jones and Hannah Duderfrom Christchurch, recently won the inaugural #MyBizQuest competition--winning a $10,000 business mentoring package for their newly established ethical apparel company, Little Yellow Bird (LYB).

Jones and Duder's aim is to create sustainable business practices and be instrumental in improving employment and social conditions in international developing communities. Their company sells corporate clothing to local businesses and in the process empowers vulnerable women by providing them with employment opportunities across the entire supply chain.

"Both Hannah and Samantha have worked hard to start LYB. They have great ambition and with the help of the #MyBizQuest programme their business can continue to grow and prosper," says Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ) CEO Stephen Mansfield. "We're really looking forward to mentoring them over the next year and can't wait to see where they take LYB to next."

Jones and Duder spent eight months developing their business concept before officially launching LYB in Christchurch in July last year. While there are other apparel companies that cater to the corporate market, the pair saw an opportunity to start a corporate clothing company with a distinct social purpose.

"There is currently no uniform company in New Zealand promoting ethical practice with a transparent process and supply chain. LYB offers easy corporate social responsibility for businesses --our products are completely customisable at no additional cost to the customer," says Duder.

Quest Apartment Hotels established #MyBizQuest early this year to identify a New Zealand start-up business that would benefit from financial backing and expert advice. The competition aims to encourage and support Kiwi entrepreneurs into expansion.

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