Nurture Change retreat inspiring business owners

Sunday Star Times and winners of the Nurture Change business retreat in Fiji, Dave Lewis and Jo Williamson.

Sunday Star Times and winners of the Nurture Change business retreat in Fiji, Dave Lewis and Jo Williamson.

The two Sunday Star Times and winners of the first Nurture Change business retreat have landed in sunny Fiji and are learninging, connecting and recharging.

Nurture Change ( is a new company launched by Sunday Star-Times columnist and business coach Zac de Silva and leisure entrepreneur, Steve Pirie, which offers a combination of business coaching , networking and personal wellness advice.

Speakers who will appear throughout the event include former All Black coach, Sir Graham Henry, Xero's Victoria Crone and entrepreneur superstar, Dr Sam Hazledine.

Managing director of Howler Hotdogs Jo Williamson has experienced a rollercoaster of a ride since buying and turning around an existing business.

Her shop was located just 4km from the epicentre of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake and of the three buildings on the site, Jo's was the only one left standing.

She lost 30 per cent of her core business and the following years have been about building it back up and identifying new market niches, Williamson says.

Being able to take part in the Nurture Change retreat will be a chance for her to find inspiration to accelerate the business into its next stage of growth, she says.

"After the earthquake, we came up with a three phase recovery plan: survive, revive and thrive. We're now in the revive stage and the last phase has just taken so much energy. [The retreat] is about recharging, renergising, refocusing."

Auckland-based Dave Lewis founded Junk2go 10 years ago and saw this retreat as an opportunity to both learn and celebrate.

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"I saw it as an awesome opportunity to celebrate 10 years of the business. But also to learn and grow, you never stop doing that," he says.

With a team of 14 and a new truck - the fourth - Lewis says coming on the retreat will also give him time to reflect on his business, where it's going in the next year and how to continue providing outstanding customer experience while growing the business.

 - Stuff


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