It’s been a crazy journey for Waiuku College Young Enterprise group ‘RAD Roadsigns’ this year. But, at the Young Enterprise Scheme 2015 National Awards in Wellington on Wednesday, December 9, they were rewarded with the HSBC National Award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing.
During the day the regional finalists competed for the National Company Award with a five minute presentation to a Dragon’s Den panel. The competition was of a very high calibre and CEO Sam Yelchich said that one of the highlights was meeting all the other teams and hearing their pitch.
“The place was buzzing with excitement and with so many inspirational people in one room (including Te Radar the MC) there was an awesome vibe.” Their business, ‘RAD Roadsigns’ are a series of clocks made from
a range of decommissioned road signs. The signs cannot be recycled due to their reflective surfaces, which saw the team create the motto – upcycling the unrecyclable. Throughout the year the team surpassed business objectives set, with the most rewarding recently being a memorial created on the grounds of Waiuku College in remembrance of past student, Natasha Strydom.
Although the team of Year 13 Waiuku College Business Studies students are going their separate ways next year, CEO Sam Yelchich plans to continue the business into 2016. “Overall this year has been a wild ride that we will most certainly never forget. It’s not always been easy and we’ve learnt so much but it is an experience we would definitely recommend for future students. The people we have met along the road have made this whole experience what it is and turned us into the company we are today, and we owe thanks to so many people for their support.”
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