2018 Business Winner

GG's Flowers & Hampers

GG's Flowers & Hampers provides meaningful employment for people with special needs.

GG's Flowers & Hampers is a social enterprise florist and gift hamper business providing meaningful employment for people with special needs. Originally established by Nip Wijewickrema, a passionate and driven young woman, trying to change the world one flower and gift hamper at a time. At the age of 20, Nip realised there was a lack of meaningful employment opportunities for people with special needs, specifically - her sister Gayana, who has Down Syndrome. Unable to sit back and let Gayana live a life without purpose, Nip and her family established Canberra's most-loved and fastest growing floral and gift hamper business, GG's Flowers & Hampers. 

Unemployment and welfare dependency of those with special needs has hit an all time high. With 73% of Australians living with a disability being welfare dependent, it's time that more organisations stepped up to ensure those with disabilities are adequately supported. The Australian Disability Support Pension ticks on $444.15 per week - with the poverty line deemed at anything below $400, GG's is committed to lifting people off welfare and into paid employment but also providing them a safe, compassionate and caring workplace where they can truly flourish. It's GG's dream and goal to ensure every person with special needs has the opportunity to be in a safe, compassionate and caring workplace and also providing large corporates with a great gift option where they can ensure they are staying true to their social procurement goals. Our goal is to stamp out welfare dependency amongst those with special needs by 2030 by growing our enterprise to have a store in every capital city of Australia.

Sunsuper's Better Business grant would be a total game changer for GG's. GG's is a vital and history making gift hamper and florist enterprise that provides paid meaningful employment to people with special needs. As the enterprise continues to grow, GG's is on a quest to financial stability which will be achieved by accrediting as an NDIS accredited organisation, but also equipping itself to handle and provide employment to the over 200 families on the waitlist. The grant would help us scale nationally to keep up with demand of corporate procurement, enable and assist with a fit out of a purpose built (and accessible) hamper studio where our employees can pack the gift hampers that are being sold nationally and internationally. With this fit-out, the business will be fully accessible and will assist with national growth.

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