Are you interested in how other business owners and entrepreneurs have overcome their greatest challenges, successfully launched and grown businesses and raised funding for their ventures? Then take a moment to read some of their stories below.




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Armstrong Downes Commecial: The building blocks to success

Name: Simon Taylor •  Business: Armstrong Downes Commercial •  Industry: Property & Construction • Year Founded: 1992  • Location: Lower North Island  •  Icehouse Programme: Owner Manager Programme •  Year: 2011  •  Increase in Turnover: 33%  •  Increase in FTEs: 16% Established in 1992 Armstrong Downes Commercial is a very successful Lower Hutt owned commercial construction company. Owned by Tony Doile and...

The Icehouse | 22/08/14


3R – Leading provider of product stewardship solutions

Name: Adele Rose •  Business: 3R Group Ltd •  Industry: Clean Tech •  Location: Hawke's Bay  •   Icehouse Programme: Tailored •  Year: 2013-2014 Now employing twenty-two staff, 3R is a leader in the development of product stewardship programmes for industry; think used car tyres, plastic packaging, unwanted agrichemicals, and leftover...

The Icehouse | 04/06/14


Mitre 10 Mega – Stepping it up

Name: Stephen Nelson • Business: Mitre 10 MEGA • Industry: Retail Trade • Location: Wellington • Icehouse Programme: Leadership Development Programme • Year: 2008 Challenge Stephen Nelson was working in Mitre 10 MEGA when his owner went on The Icehouse Owner Manager Programme (OMP) and came back to the business filled with new ideas and...

The Icehouse | 04/03/14


HeartSaver – Jump Starting The Business

Mike and Helen Mander’s business ‘Heart Saver’ supplies, distributes, tests and provides training in Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). They started their business in April 2012 with one unit as a ‘first response’ initiative for those suffering cardiac arrests. Mike and Helen knew there was a market for what they were doing, there are an estimated 1,500 cardiac arrests every year in New Zealand and responding to them puts significant strain on national emergency service providers.

The Icehouse | 28/11/13

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ecoPortal – Simplifying Sustainability Issues

When ecoPortal started, four of the five were in the midst of completing their PhD’s at the University of Auckland and were motivated by the possibility of commercialising their knowledge. However, the team realised they would need support to develop the business model around their solutions, to engage with potential customers and to learn about sales tactics and strategies.

The Icehouse | 26/08/13

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