Fri 27 Oct 2017

WITT supports YES winners

Student Katelyn Bishop and her team formed Nifty & Co, a company which produces reusable supermarket bags, and last week the Stratford students claimed the top prize at the annual Young Enterprise Scheme Taranaki awards in New Plymouth.

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, for Year 12 and 13 students, gives them the chance to set up and run their own business for a year.

Applying careful forethought to solve future problems, Nifty & Co produced re-usable tote shopping bags which could be customised with text or an image that suited the customer’s needs.

The company also won the award for best business plan sponsored by WITT and BDO and placed second in the Sustainability Award section.

 “As supermarkets now move to remove plastic bags from their checkout offerings, Nifty & Co. have certainly got a huge opportunity before them,’’ WITT Programme Manager Carol Curtin said.

Carol also spoke at the awards.

Katelyn, the company CEO plans, to undertake studies in the Bachelor of Applied Management at WITT next year.

WITT is offering scholarships worth up to $10,000 for the programme. Nominations close at the start of December. For information on scholarships go to

Picture: Carol pictured with the Nifty & Co team.