Two Christchurch girls have taken home first prize at the inaugural 2016 #MyBizQuest competition for their brand, Little Yellow Bird. Samantha Jones and Hannah Duder won a $10,000 business mentoring package to help develop their brand of ethical corporate apparel. The pair sell corporate clothing to local businesses and at the same time empower vulnerable women by providing work across the entire supply chain.

“Both Hannah and Samantha have worked hard to start LYB, they have great ambition and with the help of the #MyBizQuest programme, their business can continue to grow and prosper,” said Stephen Mansfield, CEO, Quest Apartment Hotels.

Quest Apartment Hotels established the competition to identify New Zealand start-up businesses that would benefit from financial backing and expert advice, encouraging New Zealand entrepreneurs and supporting business expansion.

“There is currently no uniform company in New Zealand promoting ethical practice with a transparent process and supply chain. LYB offers easy corporate social responsibility for businesses - our products are completely customisable at no additional cost to the customer,” said Duder.

LYB will work with Quest over the next year to develop the business and educate customers on the process of ethical manufacturing.