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.

The sleeping giant awakens

OPINION: In the wake of the China-Oz Free Trade Agreement, New Zealand firms exporting to China need to develop a thick skin and commercial edge.

Meet the Sydney Bulldogs' Kiwi CEO

She might be a woman and a Kiwi, but Raelene Castle is earning respect at Sydney rugby league club the Bulldogs.

Royal jelly selling at a premium

False claims dogging the Kiwi honey and bee industry have stung Auckland royal jelly producer Happy Valley.

How I keep well: Stephen White

Stonyridge vineyard founder, Stephen White, also teaches yoga and rubs shoulders with Richard Branson.

Psych testing for SMEs

Personality testing is a cost-effective way for small businesses to check they’re making a good hire.

Aussies more eco-friendly

In part two of our four part series on doing business in Australia, Ecostore's Doug Sadler reveals consumers over the ditch are more environmentally aware.

Dynamic Hybrid: The new generation of cloud

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Early cloud-based services were all about storage. Today's cloud is all about changing business. Here's how.

Subsidies whether you like it or not

OPINION: R&D grants are the best way for government to support innovation.

Forbidden cider grows from adversity

When life served Alan Spinks lemons, he brewed cider.

Probiotic business riding high

A Rotorua startup believes its health-giving potion for horses could become a lucrative export product.

Reining in the recruitment cowboys

OPINION: Kiwi employers need to make recruiters get a real job

Managing the Aussie branch

Making it in Australia is not as easy as Kiwi firms think. Two CEOs of New Zealand companies across the ditch share their experiences conquering the kangaroo.

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.

Praise for a pirate

OPINION: Maverick publishing platforms may end up favouring the artist.

Study shows SME governance gap

A new business barometer is showing up Kiwi firms’ true colours.

When to take the entrepreneurial plunge

When is it time to give up your day job? Interior designer Hayley-Anne Brown is facing that quandary.

The dos and don'ts of meetings

Nick Sceats

OPINION: Improve the effectiveness of your company's meetings by avoiding these common mistakes.

Inside the office: Strategy Design and Advertising


A look inside the offices of Strategy Design and Advertising in central Christchurch.

Mixing Aussie ruthlessness with Kiwi grit


Australian firms make a lot of noise, but sometimes their bark is worse than their bite.

Karen Walker's $35m 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


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.

The startup formula

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OPINION: There is an equation for building a flourishing business.

Yealands top sustainability winner


Yealands Estate Wines and DB Breweries are among the companies recognised in this year's Sustainable 60 awards.

Alan Bollard wrangles APEC


Keeping APEC’s 70-odd working groups singing from the same songsheet is providing more than enough challenge.

Smooth food operators

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Olympian George Bridgewater and brother Sam are providing quality blended food to sick people.

Conquering sweet temptation


REVIEW: An account of a marshmallow psychology test reveals that willpower can be nurtured.

The new generation wharfies


Overhauling restrictive legacy recruitment systems is changing the notion of what it means to be a stevedore.

The rise of democratic retail


OPINION: Customers now expect retailers to work harder to win them over.

Big picture thinking for virtual reality firm


Wellington virtual reality firm, 8i is vying to be part of the next big tech breakthrough.

Solid cosmetics fill eco niche

Chch venture 'truly entrepreneurial'

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Christchurch beauty products startup Sorbet finds being environmentally friendly has some drawbacks.

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.

Rising stars make Fast list


The starlets of the Deloitte Fast 50 programme are beginning to grow up.

US investors eye Kiwi firms


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

Dirty Politics damages science

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OPINION: Scientists need to be free to publish research without Government interference.

The reinvention of Motat


Museum shrugs off its troubled past and reinvents itself as a centre for Kiwi innovation.

Results.com shoots for NXT

Ben Ridler

Software startup Results.com is racing to be the first listing on the new NXT market for small Kiwi businesses.

How I keep well: Michael Whitehead


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

David Slack

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

Crowdfunding raises profile


Equity crowdfunding is a way of raising capital and brand awareness.

We can't cook - and food brands love it


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

Firm creates golden fleece


A Wellington academic’s breakthrough combining silver and gold particles with wool is giving the beleaguered Kiwi wool sector a new gleam.

Freelance business model takes firm global


An Auckland video production company has gone global with its unique freelancer-based business model.

Inside MIT's new campus


A look inside Manukau Institute of Technology's colourful new facilities.

When is it right to ditch a client?


'Never work with people you don’t like’ is a rule many business owners have learned to live by.

Managing complexity


OPINION: Leaders need to apply different skills when dealing with complicated problems.

Connecting Kiwis in the Big Apple

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Design firm owner Ronnie Peters is helping Kiwi expats adjust to the demands of New York.

Delivering data to farmers' pockets

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"Mumtrepreneur’’ Bridgit Hawkins is building a farming info service that delivers key data to farmers’ back pockets.

App aims to cut coffee queues


A Kiwi food ordering app is taking a bite out of the highly competitive hospitality business.
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