Entrepreneurs

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.

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.

Gilmour girls spread wings

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

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.

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SME owners are rebelling against business plans that become out of date the minute they’re produced.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

Harnessing female enterprise

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Women entrepreneurs do business differently from men, and need to know that their way of operating is 'normal'.

Demand for creative coach

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Sally Arnold has mastered the art of self-reinvention and is now teaching others to do the same.

Smart show

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After a false start Wellington entrepreneur Marie-Claire Andrews is out to conquer the conference app market.

Hybrid retail on the rise

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OPINION: Last week, online retailer and manufacturer ClearlyContacts, was bought for $462 million by a French lens manufacturer.

Biogas firm gets capital injection

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Kiwi alternative fuels equipment maker Greenlane Biogas has a new investor and an eye on global expansion.

Hybrid Boss

Christina Domecq

Why on earth did Christina Domecq go from high-flying global entrepreneur to leading a Kiwi state-owned startup?

Learning business by doing

Nigel Bamford

The Youth Enterprise Scheme has started many entrepreneurs on their path and resulted in hundreds of new jobs, a new survey shows.

Business women called

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The Entrepreneurial Winning Women scheme is launching with the aim of boosting the number of global companies run by Kiwi women.

Pride, Attitude, Respect, Trust

Raymond Dobbe

World Moving & Storage founder Raymond Dobbe discusses how his company's unusual structure and values have lead to business success.

Renaissance Man

Sean Gourley

Matching the brains of men and machines is Sean Gourley’s latest challenge.

NZ champ heads to UK

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Former All White Tim Brown has been chosen to take part in an entrepreneurial programme in the UK.

Making a graceful exit

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Experienced entrepreneur Basil Peters is bringing years of experience to the task of helping others to cash out.

Teach your techies well

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New Zealand needs to teach entrepreneurial skills to its scientists and engineers, a Nobel Prize winner says.

Natural born entrepreneur

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Australia’s Young Woman Innovator for 2013 Rebekah Campbell has savvy Silicon Valley investors backing her latest venture.

Taking ownership

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OPINION: The split of equity in a young firm needs to be hashed out early and honestly, writes columnist Dan Khan.

Not all about the money

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Social Code founder Siobhan Bulfin has self-funded her startup so far. But that could change as it cracks the American market.

Buckley flying high

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Buckley Systems founder Bill Buckley has been named the Flying Kiwi for 2013 by the Hi-Tech Trust

Young entrepreneur flexes muscles

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Andre Schellenberg has won the New Zealand Global Student Entrepreneur Award for his website and brand FLEXED.

Hatching hunches

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Getting a business through the startup phase is usually a relief but veteran Grant Ryan plans to make it his full time job.

Holding the tiger by the tail

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The Fast 50 list has come full circle, with up-and-comers like frozen yoghurt franchise KiwiYo seeking ever faster growth.

US tech firm seeks NZ listing

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The Kiwi founder of US-based tech firm DialedIN is back home seeking investors for his venture.

Earthwise tops Fast 50

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Green cleaning has proved successful for this year's Deloitte Fast 50 winner, Earthwise

Turning idle goods into cash

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A new website is allowing consumers to rent out everything from houses to high heels.

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