Nine years ago, at the tender age of 19, Darren Barnes, MD of Perfect Solutions, one of the most respected ‘small’ agencies in South Africa, was given the opportunity to start his own marketing agency. Barnes who was accepted into the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) of Entrepreneurial Developmen started his career in the marketing industry as an assistant to the Marketing Manager of a world-renowned NGO in Cape Town before opening Perfect Solutions.
Perfect Solutions’ contribution and commitment to enterprise and youth development in South Africa, saw Barnes qualify for the category of the most dynamic Below-the–Line (BTL) marketing agency in South Africa at the prestigious Maverick under 35 Youth Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in 2014. He was also selected by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to represent the organisation at the 2014 Budget Speech in Parliament. Now at the age of 27, Barnes is acknowledged as a small business leader in South Africa.