Teen en­trepreneurs launch flower wall

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

They’ve built a wall. They al­ready have or­ders. They’re in busi­ness.

Palmer­ston North Girls’ High based com­pany Flo.Co Flower Walls en­joyed a cup­cake launch of their first flower wall dur­ing a school lunch-break last week.

Groups of girls at the school gave a gold coin do­na­tion to have their pic­ture taken in front of the silk flower, 2 me­tre by 2.4 me­tre wall the busi­ness group of year 13 stu­dents plans to hire out to wed­dings, birth­days and other spe­cial events.

Flo.Co’s fi­nance spokes­woman Leah Mc­Grath re­cently re­turned from a whirl­wind four-and-a-half day ex­cur­sion to San Fran­cisco she won in July with the Young En­ter­prise Trust’s an­nual En­ter­prise in Ac­tion event in Auck­land.

One of six sec­ondary stu­dents cho­sen from 80 for the trip, the packed sched­ule had Mc­Grath talk­ing with Kiwi Vaughan Smith, who is Face­book’s vi­cepres­i­dent of cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment, as well as vis­it­ing NZTE, along with tech net­work­ing com­pany Kiwi Land­ing Pad, and Xero.

The tour also took in a ver­i­ta­ble who’s who of Sil­i­con Val­ley, in­clud­ing Ap­ple, the Mi­crosoft Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Tesla, In­sta­gram, FedEx, eBay, Uber and Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity.

When she learned she had been se­lected for the trip Mc­Grath said ‘‘there were lots of tears. Tears of hap­pi­ness’’.

As for flower walls, when Flo.Co were re­search­ing the busi­ness at the be­gin­ning of the year, Mc­Grath said they spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket.

They found a Chi­nese com- pany called the Wall Flower Com­pany, which de­signs, makes, mar­kets and hires flower walls through Auck­land.

The teen en­trepreneurs said their self-sup­port­ing dec­o­ra­tive screen made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, and which breaks down into two halves for easy trans­port, wins on price at just $250 per event.

Mar­ket­ing through Face­book, Mc­Grath said they even had an on­line en­quiry from Erin Bate­man of Aus­tralian re­al­ity TV show Mar­riage at First Sight fame.

Flo.Co’s manag­ing direc­tor Casey-lee Cranston said the busi­ness group had an 18th birth­day booked fin Welling­ton, a wed­ding set down for next year, was tout­ing for ball busi­ness, and was also look­ing to ex­plore dif­fer­ent colour schemes.

PHOTO: RICHARD MAYS/FAIR­FAX NZ

High school en­trepreneurs Jes­sica Frank, Cait­lyn Avery, Leah Mc­Grath Caseylee Cranston,and Jas­mine Nu­gent

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