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Profiling our Selwyn Awards 2018 winners. Busy Bumbles, a locally owned after-school care business took out the Small Business Award.
Rebecca Scott has wanted to be a teacher ever since she was five years old. She ticked that off, for 15 years working as a teacher and even becoming deputy principal. After having children of her own she wanted more flexibility and time to spend with her young family. Not wanting to leave the childcare and education industry she began researching alternative options.
Rebecca saw an opportunity in after-school care and Busy Bumbles was created, with just one enrolled child, working out of Rolleston School. The business quickly developed, and in a short nine years, with the expansion of Selwyn townships Busy Bumbles grew to a roll of over 5000 children at 10 venues with 61 staff.
As managing director and owner, Rebecca says she couldn’t think of a better place to start up a business.
“Selwyn has been such a supportive and collaborative area to grow my business into what it is today. There is such a positive culture within the business network in Selwyn.
“Everyone works together and lends a hand whenever someone needs it, I’ve had nothing but one hundred percent support when I’ve reached out,” she says.
In last year’s Selwyn Awards, Busy Bumbles was nominated in the Small Business category. It was voted winner by the judges and also named runner-up for the People’s Choice Award.
Rebecca says this nomination was a great opportunity for the business as a whole to take a step back and recognise its success.
“We’ve been so busy, it’s just work work work, we don’t often get a chance to look up and appreciate all the positive things we are doing in our community.
“Sitting at the awards that evening and hearing all the good things being said about your business I felt so so proud. So the whole table was pretty jolly proud actually, with a few tears. That evening was definitely the highlight of my nine years in business,” she says.
The Selwyn Awards run every two years, with the next one coming up next year. Learn more about the awards.