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NCC Business BreakfastParakuihi Hunga Pakihi

Several times a year NCC bring inspiring business speakers to the Napier War Memorial Centre. The format begins with a light 7:30am breakfast before the event’s speaker takes the stage at 8:00am. Presentations are approximately one hour concluding with a Q&A session.

Business Breakfast

Our last Speaker: The Hello Cup founders Mary Bond and Robyn McLean IMG 4033

Napier City Council is proud to present The Hello Cup founders Mary Bond and Robyn McLean as the first speakers for our 2021 Business Breakfast series, on 16 June.

What is The Hello Cup? 

The Hello Cup, a menstrual cup range manufactured in Napier, was founded on a belief that people with periods deserved better, more sustainable choices. But Mary and Robyn also knew they needed to stand out from the crowd. When American retailer giant Urban Outfitters emailed out of the blue asking to stock The Hello Cup, they realised their small start-up was getting noticed - and their decision to market their product differently was working.

The Hello Cup won gold at the Best Design Awards last year - the first menstrual product to win a design award in New Zealand. They’ve recently achieved both Climate Positive and B Corp accreditation, and from March this year Hello Cups have been sold nationwide in all Countdown supermarkets. 

With the tagline ‘bloody brilliant’, The Hello Cup is a menstrual cup company with a quirky sense of humour.

“Sometimes starting a business is all about just jumping in,” says Robyn. “We’re looking forward to sharing more about our we built our business from scratch, the mistakes we’ve made and our plans to be a global leader in sustainable period products.”

Come along to find out more about why these two best friends ignored the people who told them they should do things by the book and have instead grown their ‘side project’ their way, creating  a business that now has US equity partners and more than 150 retailers globally. 

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