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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Avon Engineering

Programme: Owner Operator Programme and Achieving Business Growth Workshop Name: Neil Ross Company: Avon Engineering (Gore) Year founded: 2005 Industry: Manufacturing Location: Southland Increase in FTEs: 60%

The Icehouse | 08/05/15


Trinero: Expansion Drives Decision for Change

Name: Dan Fowlie & Abhinav Keswani Business: Trineo Industry: ICT / Computer (Hardware & Software) Location: Canterbury Programme: Achieving Business Growth, 2012 Check out their website. After expanding into Australia, Trineo directors, Dan Fowlie and Abhinav Keswani had to readjust their focus on the big picture of the business rather than day to day activities. In order to achieve some lofty goals they wanted...

The Icehouse | 08/01/15


Nappies Direct: The Business of Babies

Name: Kevin & Pia D'Ambrose Smith Business: Nappies Direct Industry: Retail Trade Location: Auckland Programme: Coaching, 2011 - 2013 Check out their website. When Kevin and Pia D’Ambros-Smith of Nappies Direct came to The Icehouse, their business was in good shape – but they knew it could be better. Their business had weathered the Global Financial Crisis and come through relatively unscathed....

The Icehouse | 24/12/14


Mitre 10 Mega Invercargill: Aaron Perfects his Leadership Style

Name: Aaron Goodall Business: Mitre 10 Mega Invercargill Industry: Retail Trade Region: Invercargill Programme: Leadership Development Programme, 2012 "The owner-operator of my company had done the Icehouse Owner Manager Programme and he recommended me to do the Leadership Development Programme. The biggest value for me was learning how to deal with an owner operator within a family business as opposed to a corporate organisation. The...

The Icehouse | 23/12/14


Hyspecs Holding Group: Programme fills the Gaps for Kathy

Name: Kathy Shailer (Assistant Branch Manager) Company: Hyspecs Holding Group ( Year founded: 1972 Industry: Wholesale Trade Region: Nationwide and Australia Programme: Leadership Development Programme, 2012   About Hyspecs:  Hyspecs is New Zealand's largest privately owned hydraulic engineering company, with branches throughout New Zealand and Australia. They specialise in hydraulic system design, specification and component selection, hydraulic servicing and maintenance of...

The Icehouse | 23/12/14

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