Eugene Stoop, MD
Boxer Stores Ltd

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Boxer develops suppliers by investing in small businesses

[Durban, 15 January 2018] Testament to national discount retailer Boxer’s commitment to being the “people’s champion”,  it is small suppliers like Megan Ndlovu, who have also been able to make their mark thanks to the retailer’s investment and personal interest taken in their businesses.

Professional photographer, Megan Ndlovu, started off her working career as a junior assistant at a photographic agency, where she worked behind the scenes, setting up props, lighting and cameras for photo shoots. Although Megan never once thought that she would become a photographer at the start of her career, she soon discovered that she had a great interest in being behind the lens. 

Shortly after joining the agency she was given the opportunity to take some pictures. “I was really enjoying my job, so I started learning more and more every single day. Since I was showing interest in photography, my company gave me a small studio to shoot small products, and the first products I shot were Boxer products.”

“I was always taken aback at how Megan used to watch, listen and learn and she had a wonderful manner,” explains Andrew Mills, Marketing Director of the discount supermarket group, Boxer. Her talent and excellent eye for detail became apparent to the Boxer team as she became skilled in colour correcting and treating Boxer images post photo shoot, allowing them to make a particular impact. Thanks to her professionalism and dedication, Megan was able to build a list of clients in the time spent at the agency, fostering working relationships with these customers that would stand her in good stead for the future.  

When the agency she was working for was forced to close, she was approached by Boxer and accepted an offer of employment within the marketing team. Megan remained at Boxer head office for close on a year, but it became clear that her true love was photography. She then moved on from Boxer, pursuing and furthering her photographic career. Boxer supported Megan in her decision to follow her passion.

Megan was once again approached by Mills sometime thereafter when Boxer’s official photographer started working abroad. “Through her demeanour and the professional way that she always conducted herself when working with us, I felt it was only right to give a person such as Megan the opportunity to work more closely with Boxer,” explained Mills. Megan was exhilarated to be chosen to become Boxer’s official photographer among many potential suppliers. She enthusiastically took to the task of shooting the retailer’s products, themes, stores and events and also travelled with Boxer around the country on various shoots. Boxer also offered to invest in Megan’s business, an opportunity that she took with both hands.

Boxer helped Megan to formalise her business, getting it correctly registered and up to date with its tax administration and putting forward any equipment that she required. Boxer also helped her to gain her BBBEE certification, where she has achieved Level 1 status. This has opened up greater career opportunities for Megan, allowing her to work for government and other businesses, which actively support economic transformation and require certification. Such formalisation of her business has provided Megan with peace of mind and greater prospects for growing her business even more. 

“From the Boxer side, it was great to become personally involved with yet another supplier such as Megan as part of our extensive Enterprise and Supplier Development programme. Not only was Megan able to better her own business through our investment, but she is now able to find other income across the market place,” concludes Mills. 

Since going solo, Megan has extended her range of photography from products and events to include family shoots and weddings. “It is thanks to Boxer that I was able to get my business up and running. They were a huge help and continue to support me professionally,” explains Megan. “I love working with the Boxer marketing team on special shoots and feel blessed that I am in a position to also get other work because of what they have done to help formalise my business.” 

“Photography is my passion,” Megan concludes, “a feeling that can't be simply explained. Photography is a life style, my life style.”

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Prenella Govender
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