Ziah Lane, NSW OUR 2016 WIN­NER

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Awards -


Ask any­one in busi­ness what the Holy Grail is for a re­tail out­let. They’ll an­swer Wool­worths or Coles. So Ziah Lane hit the jack­pot in 2011 when, as part of her Masters of De­sign project, she pre­sented the con­cept for No Is­sues Tis­sues to Wool­worths, along with a pro­to­type box. They jumped at it. Five years later, her No Is­sues Tis­sues (made from bam­boo and the only tree-free tis­sues on the mar­ket) are ranged in Wool­worths, Coles and Har­ris Farm Mar­kets.

“Bam­boo is the fu­ture of the pa­per in­dus­try. I am an ad­vo­cate and I want ev­ery­one to know that,” the 38-yearold from Syd­ney says.

With rapid growth over the past few years and a staff of seven, Ziah an­tic­i­pates turnover to ex­ceed $2 mil­lion next year in Aus­tralia alone, which also presents new chal­lenges. “Cash ow and fund­ing is hard; fast growth re­quires money all the time from dif­fer­ent places,” Ziah says.

The strat­egy is to launch into petrol sta­tions, air­lines, in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers, ho­tels and then to over­seas mar­kets, and to ex­pand the range.

“Win­ning this award means brand aware­ness for my prod­uct,” says Ziah.

No Is­sues Tis­sues wins $10,000 and Bauer Me­dia ad­ver­tis­ing to the value of $25,000.

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