Business & Finance

NZBusiness+Management April 2019

NZBusiness + Management With two top business magazines combined into one digital issue, NZBusiness + Management offers a feast of information, inspiration and education for business leaders and owner managers from SME through to corporate. In Management our focus is to inspire New Zealand’s business leaders and the managers of today and tomorrow to succeed in business. NZBusiness was developed specifically for business owners, the editorial content is designed to inform, inspire and educate readers. Feature articles provide more in-depth information whilst profiles and case studies provide inspirational and aspirational content.

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in this issue

5 min.
hungry for success

Ask your average SME boss for a word which she or he thinks succinctly summarises their enterprise, and prepare to be battered, baffled and bewildered by the ‘corporate speak’ which follows. Ask Mark Hands, owner manager of Wellington’s five-year old Element Roofing and you get one word: “hungry”. What drives Mark? “Your family deserves the best,” he says. Given Element Roofing’s high rating by their customers and the industry (4.9 out of 5) and their search for perfection in an industry infamous for broken promises, delays and shoddy workmanship, we wanted to know more; especially since their five-year plan predicted growth to a staff of 25, and the company already employs 40. Most Kiwis probably only replace a roof once in their lives. That means being vulnerable to a supplier who knows there is…

5 min.
backing a great idea

When serial entrepreneur Dominic Sutton decided to team up with software engineer and inventor Paul Simpson it was almost a no-brainer. Dominic had been looking for an investment opportunity and had put a message on a technology start-up page on Facebook outlining what he was looking for. With his experience in marketing and in building and selling businesses he was looking for a new challenge and wanted something that was globally scalable and based on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model with a recurrent revenue stream. Dominic also wanted something he could focus on and help build for a share in the business and he was willing to supply funding. “I’m very conscious of people with great ideas and no money. If they don’t have that ability to scale, great ideas never get to see the…

7 min.
rolling red carpet out the

For beleaguered businesses across Auckland, handicapped by rising costs, ‘catch-up’ infrastructure and unhappy workers shut out of the housing market, the regions have in recent times looked increasingly attractive. Once considered backwaters and mere service centres for surrounding rural districts, over the past decade regional centres have morphed into lively, lifestyle-friendly and progressive places that are welcoming businesses with open arms. Local economic development agencies in the larger centres are laying on the incentives and facilities to convince Auckland businesses of the merits of relocating. NZBusiness chose Northland, Tauranga/Bay of Plenty and the Waikato as regional examples for this story – although many other regions are also experiencing success in attracting businesses. In Northland, Marsden Maritime Holdings (MMH), formerly Northland Port Corporation, is a publicly-listed company based at Marsden Point whose shareholders include…

1 min.
new port for coatings specialist

It’s always a challenge when relocating a business to a new town. For Auckland-based Super Yacht Coatings setting up an operation at Tauranga’s new Marine Precinct required convincing certain potential clients that the Tauranga set-up would deliver all refit requirements. So far all clients who’ve come to Tauranga have had a really positive experience, and been pleasantly surprised at the ease in finding subcontractors and product compared to other major cities, says company director Mark Hanna. Getting the new building construction underway was another challenge, but Hanna’s pleased to report that progress is now being made. Super Yacht Coatings still has an Auckland operation, and a strong market for its services there, which has supported the transition. The choice of the Tauranga Marine Precinct came down to three main factors: the opportunity to…

1 min.
straker goes for gizzy

Albany-based technology company The Straker Group made the decision last year to open an office inside Launch, Gisborne’s new tech hub, starting with just two employees. Company co-founder Grant Straker says the goal was to have a regional office where staff could enjoy a more balanced lifestyle and cost-base than Auckland could provide. The plan was to eventually have 20 staff based in Gisborne, and when NZBusiness spoke to Grant earlier this year, there were already around 11 staff there, with another three to four set to move in the next 12 months. As a consequence, the Auckland head office has been down-sized. Grant says 20 staff in Gisborne is still an accurate forecast as they may hire more people in the region. While the lack of houses for sale in Gisborne has been an…

5 min.
for the good of the hood

Good coffee, good company, good outcomes – there’s a whole lot of good happening in the Auckland suburb of Morningside these days. It’s fair to say Morningside has discovered its ‘mojo’ – its altruistic roots – and it’s all thanks to a collective formed nine years ago through one small café called Crave in Morningside Drive. NZBusiness caught up with Nigel Cottle, Crave’s general manager and ‘neighbourhood connector’, on a hot February afternoon to share the story behind the Collective, and the contribution it makes to the local community. Nigel had a business degree and several youth-focused fundraisers under his belt by the time he and a few other recent arrivals to Morningside got together 11 years ago with the goal of making the suburb a better place to live and raise…