Schoolgirl’s company wins special recognition at National achiever awards

Rosso Solini, the business success story run by Kilcullen schoolgirl Tara Haughton, won the Judge’s Special Recognition Award at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards national final last month.

Rosso Solini, the business success story run by Kilcullen schoolgirl Tara Haughton, won the Judge’s Special Recognition Award at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards national final last month.

Established in 2010 when Tara was a transition year student at the Cross and Passin in Kilcullen, Rosso Solini sells high-heel makeover kits with coloured soles, giving shoes a designer look and enabling women to match their soles to an outfit.

With four products and 22 colours and designs in its range, Rosso Solini has been exported to over 25 markets. The company also has a strong client base in Ireland which includes retailers such as Fran & Jane, Moda in Pella and Cynders Shoes. Rosso Solini now has three employees and has a turnover of €100,000.

Ms Haughton said receiving the award was an honour. “It represents our visions and exactly what we set out to achieve. I accept this award on behalf of our fantastic team at Rosso Solini and would like to thank them for their dedication and enthusiasm in keeping the company ahead of our competitors during these uncertain times. I am delighted to accept an award that recognises this achievement.”