A group of young Tauranga entrepreneurs are excited to have their product on the shelves of a Bay business.
The eight Tauranga Girls’ College Year 13 students began selling their Tiger Multi-bags at Baywave in Mount Maunganui on Monday and the product is already attracting customer’s eyes.
Isabella Morris from Tauranga Girls’ College and Alice McFall from Aquinas College with the Tiger Multi-bags.
The Tiger Multi-bag, an oil cloth bag inspired by a paper bag in the way it rolls down and fastens with Velcro, has a waterproof lining inside to make it machine washable.
The girls’ company Tiger Enterprise have been independently selling the bags to Bay schools and businesses for two months, selling more than 200 so far.
Now, at $15 per bag at Baywave, the girls are making money.
The group is part of the Young Enterprise Scheme competing against other groups in the Bay to represent the region at the national awards in Wellington.
CEO Isabella Morris says the most exciting part so far is seeing their product sold commercially.
“It’s one thing to start up a business and sell products but it’s another thing to get it in a retail store.
“It’s another thing we can add to the list of things we have achieved.”
While it is not yet confirmed, Isobelle says the group is also in discussion with The Good Food Trading Company.
The girls came up with the design themselves and have created 16 different versions, but the bags are currently manufactured by a company in Te Puna.
“It’s really nice to support the community,” says Isabella.
“They’re doing a great job.”
Despite their success, Isabella says their greatest competition for the top regional place is an Otumoetai College group selling Tomoli sauce – a mix of tomato sauce and aioli.
“They’re kind of our arch rivals - they’re an onto-it group.”
Aside from the national awards, the girls are undecided on the future of the product. Isabella says whether they sell the company or shut it down depends on the product’s success.
“It kind of depends on how the next couple of months go. The margins on it aren’t huge, but we’re making money.”
You can read about Tiger Enterprise’s competitor, Tomoli Enterprises, in this weekend’s edition of The Weekend Sun on p.29.