Re­ward­ing busy mums

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Bring­ing up chil­dren is one of life’s great chal­lenges; an­other is start­ing a busi­ness.

Some ad­ven­tur­ous Kiwi women choose to do both, launch­ing their own busi­ness while rais­ing a fam­ily.

These en­tre­pre­neur­ial moth­ers are be­ing asked to come for­ward as part of the Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur Awards, a new scheme for all women who have set up a busi­ness while bring­ing up kids at home.

From start-ups to com­pa­nies gone global, the pro­gramme is open to businesses from any in­dus­try and is award­ing 10,000 Fly Buys points to cat­e­gory win­ners and an additional 30,000 Fly Buys points to the Supreme Mumtrepreneur of the Year Award win­ner – enough for any­thing from a com­plete tech­nol­ogy over­haul or re­turn flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion for an over­seas fam­ily hol­i­day.

Fly Buys chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Stephen Eng­landHall said the awards were set up to recog­nise moth­ers who have taken an en­tre­pre­neur­ial idea and turned it into a re­al­ity.

‘‘We know the bar­ri­ers to suc­cess for any­one start­ing a busi­ness are high, let alone for women whose fo­cus and en­ergy is also needed else­where in their lives.

‘‘Fly Buys want to cel­e­brate this group who are no doubt some of the busiest people in the coun­try,’’ he said.

A supreme win­ner will be cho­sen from five cat­e­gory win­ners, in­clud­ing Best Prod­uct or Ser­vice, best On­line or Tech­nol­ogy Busi­ness, Best Cre­ative Busi­ness, Best Food and Bev­er­age Busi­ness and the Best Agri Busi­ness.

En­trants will be judged by an ex­pert panel that in­cludes Tril­ogy co­founder and suc­cess­ful Mumtrepreneur Cather­ine de Groot.

To ap­ply or nom­i­nate some­one who de­serves an award, see mumtre preneu­rawards.co.nz. En­tries opened on April 9.

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