Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
While working as a Unit Manager at Unilever, I got involved with factory teams to troubleshoot and solve problems on the production lines. I learnt to identify people's strengths and passions and natural talent and empowered people to work in teams to solve problems. Through that initiative, we were able to turn around the factory performance by working effectively with systems and people to increase productive and service levels. This initiative resulted not only in increased profits but it also unleashed people's potential and brought fulfilment at the same time.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The following are the key stakeholders that have provided input and expertise in setting up this business:
- Dr Basil Tryon: Personal Mentor and Life Coach
- Ross Plumbley, Sourcing Unit Director at Unilever (general mentorship),
- Raizcorp Team - Mandy Murphy, Kim Knight and Catherine Phillips (Strategy, Personal and Finance guides directing and guiding the entrepreneur on decision making, continual monitoring of business performance and management using the DaVinci Institute programme/model).
- Services Seta - Nerusha Beecum, KZN Provincial Manager (Information and advice on Skills Development Strategy, Levies and Learnerships)