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Fast growing firms adding staff

The happy news is the employment market is on the up. The not-so great news, for employers at least, is it means rising wages bills.

Walker's specs appeal

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Sales of Karen Walker eyewear should reach $35m this year. The designer shares her global success story.

How I keep well: Scott Rice

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Scott Rice, founder of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, is a former national swimming rep - but these days she keeps fit by running.

No.8 wire rules ok

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OPINION: According to the Chief Science Advisor to the PM, the Kiwi "No.8 wire" mentality has become an handbrake.

US investors eye Kiwi firms

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American venture capitalists with deep pockets and wide networks are increasingly resting their gaze on Aoteaora.

Filthy, rich

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OPINION: The world needs to find a better way to share its Kardashian-scale abundance.

How I keep well ...

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Michael Whitehead, founder of big data firm WhereScape, keeps in shape by running and with a bit of help from a few gadgets.

A mixture of wine and spirit

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OPINION: The human ability to dig deep will always endure.

We can't cook - and food brands love it

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OPINION: As cooking skills wane, ready-made meals have become big business.

Riding the Xero horse

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Cloud accounting company Xero’s success has opened the door to global markets for other software developers.

ACG expands further offshore

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Launched in the 1990s with just one local campus, Kiwi private school group ACG has grown into an international education provider.

Olympian drives prefab growth

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Former snowboarder Pamela Bell knows all about trailblazing and is applying the lessons learned to her new cause.

Wound repair firm scales up

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Biomedicine firm Mesynthes is preparing to take on the world again with a new tissue and wound repair product.

Manuka drink finds sweet success in Asia

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Asia is the land of milk, beer, and now honey for a Kiwi expat marketer.

Inside the office: Resn

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A look behind the scenes at Wellington creative digital production company Resn.

Bad eggs lead to mistrust of brands

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OPINION: Fraudulent claims about food are just as common in Australia.

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MasterChef judge Josh Emett has learned how to mix star status and hard work for business success.

Building a case for eco-friendly pine

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An environmentally friendly way of turning pinus radiata into an exterior cladding material is driving growth for a Kiwi wood company.

Gilmour girls spread wings

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"I think my mum nearly died when I left the law for chicken," says Sophie Gilmour.

Decking the malls

Decorating shops and public spaces with Christmas cheer is big business.

How I keep well: Lance Walker

Lance Walker CEO of insurance company Cigna shares his health and wellbeing tips.

Seven scorching summer reads

REVIEW: Nevil Gibson shares his picks of books that will make you forget the office, won’t rot your brain or break your wallet during the holidays.

Old boys' club bad for business

OPINION: It may seem cosy, but the old boys’ club is a sign of a business going nowhere fast

Five fab firms to watch

Meet Deloitte's picks of the five firms to keep a close eye on from this year's Fast 50 list.

Success on home ground

Firms on the Deloitte Fast 50 list are experiencing growth by exploiting domestic demand - but exporting is not out of the picture.

Not so virginal

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REVIEW: Two new books give very different accounts of Richard Branson’s businesses, writes Unlimited book reviewer Nevil Gibson.

Beating the staff poachers

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Creating an appealing environment for key staff when you can't afford to pay big bucks is a conundrum many SMEs face.

Baby talk

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OPINION: Awarding SME owners who just happen to be mums is condescending.

Accelerated lessons

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OPINION: After years of tutoring startups the teacher learns to take his own advice.

Bigger than Ben-Hur

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REVIEW: Spending gazillions on an epic film is a deliberate Hollywood strategy, writes Unlimited book reviewer Nevil Gibson

Call to rethink business plans

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SME owners are rebelling against business plans that become out of date the minute they’re produced.

Sixties child still creating beauty

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Fashion-forward designs have helped The Beauty Collective land a deal to supply US department store giant, TJ Maxx.

The winds of change in Kiwi business

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What headwinds and tailwinds are Kiwi firms facing in the next 12 months?

Ingrid Starnes: How I keep well

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Growing a fashion label while looking after three young children can be stressful.

Leadership change an interesting time

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OPINION: The big news in New Zealand last week was Rob Fyfe's appointment as new CEO of Icebreaker.

If the shoe fits - buy online

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Kiwi footwear brand Kathryn Wilson is finding new ways to entice customers to shop on the web.

The Brash papers

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REVIEW: There’s better reading in former ACT leader Don Brash’s book than kiss-and-tell tales, writes Nevil Gibson.

Rethinking tech marketing

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OPINION: New Zealand software company Vend has created an effective brand without using boggling tech jargon.

From Timaru to Turku

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Seeing Cherie Blair on television has given Kiwi-Finn Marise Lehto the opportunity to put a unique set of experiences to use.

Supplying the rich and famous

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Kiwi company Private Flight is soaring to new heights supplying private jets around the world with high quality catering.

Siobhan Bulfin: How I keep well

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Entrepreneur Siobhan Bulfin shares her relaxation tips.

Bringing the power of choice to Australia

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OPINION: Kiwi electricity provider Powershop needs to remember Australians are less familiar with the deregulated market.

In the trenches of Silicon Valley

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REVIEW: A dotcom crash survivor gives a no-holds-barred account of his struggle.

Fishing for Asia's fine diners

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Commonsense logistics and local relationships are the key for Kiwi exporter, Leigh Fisheries

Research key to Aus B2B success

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OPINION: Knowing the facts and figures of your business is the way to find success in Australia.

Lorde of the jewels

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An Auckland couple’s jewellery brand has caught Hollywood’s eye.

Rotaform Plastics moulds a deal

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Licencing agreements can be a sensible way of expanding internationally.

A2 milk story wins greater market share

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OPINION: Despite debate about the science behind A2 milk, A2 Corporation has found a niche in the Australian market.

Homestay business takes PM's advice

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Entrepreneur Julia Charity is targeting adventurous baby boomers with her accommodation service Look After Me.

Pioneer Venture: Jenny Morel

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Jenny Morel helped forge the Kiwi venture capital sector and took the early knocks. She talks about her wins, losses and yet-to-achieves.

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