Today we start this new column. In it each week we want to bring you the beat of the South Canterbury business community. The successes, expansions, relocations and changes of ownership are all perfect fodder.
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Aoraki Polytechnic academic director Rachel Garden and education development adviser Annie Avenell have bought the early childhood centre after it went into receivership in late June and have renamed it Active Learners. Both are directors in the business and will remain at the polytech while Amy Pateman manages the centre on Stafford St South.
In Washdyke, Caltex owners Rob and Sally Anderson have won the "best redevelopment of site" for 2012 at the Caltex Awards.
It was the only South Island Caltex to win an award. The grand opening of the site is on Tuesday.
And we at the Herald want to congratulate one of our own. Photographer Natasha Martin picked up four highly commended accolades at the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association Awards in Sydney on Thursday night. This is a pretty big deal, as the competition is open to photographers from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Rumours of financial difficulties at Timaru's Pope Print have reached the owner Mark Gallagher. The business is not in receivership, he says, and it is business as usual with Bill Brown acting as the general manager following the departure of William Bisset.
Washdyke's Independent Forklifts has taken on the Enzed Hose Doctor franchise for the South Canterbury area and is now to be known as Independent Hydraulic.
Independent's Merv Dore said it made sense to take on the franchise because of the amount of hydraulic work the company dealt with. Enzed takes hydraulic hose and repair connectors directly to the client. Peter Berry and Ben O'Brien have come on board to work as owner drivers with the first van on the road.
Timaru business Aeromarine Industries has been selected out of only five positions worldwide to attend one of the world's largest technology expos in Japan, Intex Osaka.
The expo features leading Japanese manufacturers as they look to partner with manufacturers around the world.
Aeromarine Industries operation manager Simon Robb will be attending the three-day event in early October.
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