2019 Young Business Person of the Year Nominations

Indigo Greenlaw - Co-Founder, The Paper Rain Project 

Indigo Greenlaw is a co-founder of The Paper Rain Project with her husband, Wills Rowe. Equal amounts apparel store as social enterprise, Paper Rain produces in-house as well as working with ethical companies to create art that gives back to causes across the globe.

Differing from normal business models, Paper Rain donates a portion of profits to charities and orients business decisions on creating a positive impact along production lines. This 'business for good' helps to protect biodiversity and supports working towards cleaner waterways, charities such as Marlborough's Conservation Kids NZ, mental health awareness and many local initiatives. A designer by trade, Indigo manages the business from the heart.

Over the last five years, Paper Rain has helped to provide full-time fair trade work for women in India, living wage for local employees as well as annually donating thousands of dollars to conservation and social efforts. Proud to call Marlborough home and be a part of the local economy, the Paper Rain store is open full time in Picton from October 1st. 

Georgia Devlin - Chief Executive Officer, The Honey Collection

Most Marlburians are familiar with the big orange and grey buildings on Grove Road, but what most people don’t know is that Georgia Devlin has been the driving force behind The Honey Collection and Designer Skincare NZ for nearly 17 years.

As a busy CEO Georgia is responsible for running all facets of both businesses. She has a proven track record in human resources, accounts, administration, and is a multi-tasking expert who thrives under pressure.

As The Honey Collection’s veteran, she had the knowledge and grit to help split the company and lead Designer Skincare NZ from a concept into a multi-million-dollar facility. In addition to her extensive experience in management, Georgia is qualified with a NZQA certificate in Business, Administration and Technology and is currently gaining her Diploma Brand Management.

Georgia has recently undertaken one of the biggest challenges by becoming a mother to her beautiful daughter and is looking forward to the future as she is set to wed her fiancé in 2020.

Richard de Reeper- Owner, DR Strength 

I qualified as a personal trainer in May 2017 and joined the Stadium 2000 team as a trainer shortly after graduating.

Just six months into my role, I found that I could not dedicate enough time to my clients as well as working the hours the Stadium 2000 required of me, so I went out on my own as a freelance trainer. I took up the opportunity to lease studio space from the team at Well and Good Health, investing in my own equipment to have a gym that works well for my clients.

My programmes include a weight lifting course for college students, boot camps, group sessions and one-on-one training sessions, and I now have an eight-week waiting list for some programmes.