Harris Paints is a Caribbean paint company head quartered in Barbados which has managed to buck the trend and thrive in a paint industry increasingly dominated by global giants such as PPG and Akzo Nobel. To continue their success in the marketplace of the future they wanted to feed an innovation pipeline with ideas that resonate with the local market and demonstrate that Harris uniquely contributes to the well being of the local community. The business challenge was set by their CEO Ian Kenyon.
The students provided the business with fresh insights into how Harris could engage with the local market and to identify innovative ways to bring colour to life for Harris Paints and its customers. EiA, the Rotary Club of Barbados South and the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation brought together 27 students aged 16 -18 years old, from 4 different schools and the Barbados Community College. Students presented to the executive team of Harris Paints including their inspirational founder Ralph Johnson.