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Last updated 12:00 07/07/2014

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Roll on the next 30 years

Nelson-based company Design Windows turned 30 this week, and celebrated with a fireworks bang last night.

The company was founded by Brian Everett with 10 staff, and initially offered basic choices in windows and doors. His son Jason Everett has grown the company to just under 100 staff spread over five factories in Nelson, Hokitika, Cromwell, Dunedin and now Auckland.

Jason puts the success of the company down to a strong foundation, great staff with excellent core values, high performance suppliers and loyal and supportive customers.

"With technology our products are changing rapidly and the future of windows, doors and glass will be exciting and Design Windows is ready for the challenge. The group is in a fantastic position and we are all very excited about the next 30 years," Everett said.

Apartments on track

Work is expected to start on site next week on the Quest Nelson apartments. The project, a consortium of seven Nelson investors, Quest Serviced Apartments and Arrow International, is for a five-storey building with 40 serviced apartments on Collingwood St.

Arrow International Nelson manager Steve Kelso said the project was progressing, with resource consent approved and stage one and two building consents submitted and under way. They were now looking forward to progressing into the building phase, with completion planned for March or April.

Arrow, as main contractor, was looking forward to working with the local subcontractors and the project would provide a significant quantity of construction for local trades for the next nine months, he said.

Sands the best

The Sands Nelson Apartments has been ranked the top-rated hotel or apartment in Nelson, and seventh nationally from customer reviews on travel website Wotif. Wotif has analysed more than 180,000 customer reviews to find the favourite places to stay in each of New Zealand's top destinations.

Millbrook Resort in Queenstown was rated the best hotel or apartment in the country. In Nelson, The Sands in Tahunanui took the top spot and in second place in the top four reviewed hotels and apartments in Nelson was the Grand Mercure Monaco.

Two score in NZ awards

Two Nelson businesses have been successful in the Nursery and Garden Industry of NZ awards. Waimea Nurseries won the George Rainey Cup for best marketing by a grower, won the best website and was a finalist in the best marketing campaign.

Mitre 10 Mega Nelson won awards for best garden department in a home improvement store and for best merchandise display; was highly commended for best merchandise display, and was finalist in the best newsletter and excellence in Go Gardening signage.

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The awards were were based on a service, knowledge, team work, store appearance and customer satisfaction, which included being "mystery shopped".

Expansion under way

The Mitre 10 Mega Nelson garden centre was "absolutely blooming", also because work has started to nearly double its size.

The expansion will be finished by spring, the Nelson store's marketing coordinator Murray Leaning said. "By extending the garden centre, we will be able to increase and expand our range and stock levels, and offer a much enhanced garden shopping experience for our customers."

Partnership formed

Nelson real estate agent Karyn Holland has teamed up with newcomer to the industry Sian Potts and formed a partnership within the Ray White Richmond office.

Holland Potts property will function the same as other partnership brands formed under the umbrella of a major firm.

Holland said the arrangement meant a better service was available to clients.

Holland has worked in real estate for several years and recently joined Ray White Richmond.

Potts has a background in customer service, has worked for World of WearableArt and in hospitality and business management. She has also run her own business in Britain and is co-owner of Moana SUP [stand up paddleboards] NZ.

A busy mum

Nelson businesswoman Rebecca Malthus has had a big week. Days after the pregnant mum stepped up on stage to receive the Supreme Award at the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards, she was named a national finalist in the Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur of the Year awards.

Yesterday, her baby girl was born. Malthus's online business, The Inside, launched in 2010, supplies high-end European wallpaper. The Mumtrepreneur Awards attracted more than 250 entrants. The winners will be announced in Wellington next week.

News tips for Business Matters, contact Tracy Neal, 546 2837, or email tracyn@nelsonmail.co.nz.

- The Nelson Mail

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