The Icehouse Blog

Pouring Solution Part Three: Building self-sustainability in the New Zealand start-up & SME ecosystem

This is Part Three of Pouring Solution, a commentary written by Andy Hamilton, CEO of The Icehouse. For people who want to see New Zealand do better. Click here to read the summary.
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Pouring Solution Part Two: A few questions often asked about the SME economy

This is Part Two of Pouring Solution, a commentary written by Andy Hamilton, CEO of The Icehouse. For people who want to see New Zealand do better. Click here to read the summary.
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Pouring Solution Part One: What are the facts and what is the data telling me?

This is Part One of Pouring Solution, a commentary written by Andy Hamilton, CEO at The Icehouse, for people who want to see New Zealand do better. Click here to read the summary.
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Pouring Solution Preface: A series on improving New Zealand’s economic performance

Pouring Solution is a commentary written by Andy Hamilton, CEO at The Icehouse, for people who want to see New Zealand do better.
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Leadership: It's a Choice

This blog post is written by Liz Wotherspoon, Head of Growth at The Icehouse, and was first published in NZBusiness Magazine.
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Show & Tell Video: A brand strategy is more than just recreating a look or logo

Five years ago, Michelle Sokolich founded Show & Tell, a video production agency based in Auckland. In 2017, she completed 6 months of business coaching with The Icehouse coach, Carollyn Chaplin.
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The Rising Tide of Capitalism

This blog is written by Sam Stubbs, Managing Director of Simplicity, an online, nonprofit KiwiSaver plan that only charges members what it costs, nothing more. 
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How different pricing strategies can impact your business

This blog was written by Mike Atkinson from Bellingham Wallace, a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Auckland. Since 2013, The Icehouse has worked with Bellingham Wallace to provide financial...
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What does a strong balance sheet look like and why is it important?

This blog was written by Ash Clarke from Bellingham Wallace, a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Auckland. Since 2013, The Icehouse has worked with Bellingham Wallace to provide financial management...
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What is a 'break-even analysis' (and how to complete one)

This blog was written by Mike Atkinson from Bellingham Wallace, a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Auckland. Since 2013, The Icehouse has worked with Bellingham Wallace to provide financial...
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Digital opportunities: Why a digital audit is a good idea

Is your business taking full advantage of its digital opportunities? In this blog post, The Icehouse business coach, Roger Shakes, writes about conducting a digital audit and making improvements to your business...
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1000+ insights shared with NZ business owners

Over 1000 New Zealand business owners and leaders have completed The Icehouse Persona Quiz to see what kind of NZ bird business owner ‘persona’ they are.
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Staff Shortages Mean Change is Essential

Running an SME has never been easy. And although these days there are plenty of management and accounting tools which relieve one of some of yesterday’s burdens, things have become harder because change has become faster, bigger, and more unpredictable...
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35% of Founders are likely to suffer a partnership breakup; here's what we've learned.

Co-founder splits are seldom discussed but happen maybe more than you think. I wanted to take the opportunity to write a bit about something we have experienced...
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MVPs - Why developing the bare minimum is the right strategy

The founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman once famously said “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late”. If you take this philosophy on board, your minimum viable product (MVP) may well be the toughest software...
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Roofline Canterbury: A business plan for years to come

Colin and Kerry Megaw have been a directors of Roofline Canterbury for over 14 years, a Canterbury owned and operated roofing and cladding manufacturer.
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The opportunity you've been waiting for?

Juliette Simm is the Marketing and Communications Lead at The Icehouse, and is off on Maternity Leave at the end of July. Are you the perfect person to take her position for the next 12 months?
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Flux reveals five startups for their 2018 cohort

The Icehouse’s Flux Accelerator kick-off their class of 2018 with five early stage ventures.
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5 Tips to grow the leaders in your business

Jo Clayton, expert consultant and one of our programme facilitators, writes on her 5 top tips on setting up your managers and leaders for success.
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