With 37 years in the fire protection industry, Mark uses simPRO to keep him covered

Brad Halcrow   28 February, 2018

Richdale Fire was purchased by Bartley Group in March this year and rebranded as RFS Fire & Compliance. As Project Manager for Bartley, Lynda Hocquard was charged with ensuring that RFS had the necessary infrastructure to ensure the success of the business into the future.

Supporting the country’s largest network of trade businesses

Brad Halcrow   29 January, 2018

Scott Carr has been with the Laser Group since the very beginning. Originally the Laser Group had built their own software. Over time, developing, maintaining and supporting the software was taking away the focus from what they do best - supporting their members.

Nowadays, the Laser Group is a 240-strong network of plumbers and electricians across New Zealand and Australia, running on a reliable, robust system that’s growing with them.

Building new foundations becomes key to award winning business growth

Brad Halcrow   5 December, 2017

It was in 2011 Scott Aldridge decided to go it alone as a Sole Trader electrician. Around the same time, Christchurch had begun rebuilding the city following that tragic earthquake that left so much devastation. Work for the trade services was plentiful. In the following months, there was no shortage of work when the growth of RED Electrical began.

How a complementary partnership struck triple digit growth in 2 years

Brad Halcrow   18 October, 2017

After selling his IT business and taking extended time off it was time for Karl Gaines to take on a new project. Enter Garry. Garry had been finding it difficult to grow his security business, IQ Security and was therefore ready to sell.

Turnover has tripled and the paper trail has disappeared

Brad Halcrow   10 October, 2017

Heron Plumbing, based in Auckland New Zealand is a 56 year old business. When Dale, president of Master Plumbers Auckland and wife Andrea bought the business 6 years ago they saw an opportunity…

Time to take that holiday

Erin Haywood   20 February, 2017

‘There are just not enough hours in the day!’ you cry with a desperation rivalling Tom Hanks’ Wilson-I’m-Sorry and fall to your knees in despair.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But if you’re a business owner, I’m sure that sentiment or something like it has at least crossed your mind before. Maybe more than once.

And when you’re working crazy hours six or seven days a week just to get everything done, sometimes a deserted island with only a volleyball for company doesn’t actually sound so bad...

Using tablets for national expansion

Brad Halcrow   25 October, 2016

Clarksons Electrical is a family owned company based in Albany, New Zealand, now managed by 2nd generation David Clarkson. Five years ago, David set his sights on growing Clarksons nationally – and that he’s done. In the five years David has been in the General Manager’s chair, the company’s opened five offices across the country and grown to more than a hundred staff.

Redundant employee becomes entrepreneur

Brad Halcrow   5 September, 2016

The thought of being made redundant probably doesn’t bring a smile to your face. But, for Jeff Phillips, losing his job 25 years ago is what drove the success he enjoys today.

Life is very good for Lindsay & Peter Coulter

Brad Halcrow   22 June, 2016

Lindsay Coulter began his journey as an electrician. After years in the trade, Lindsay decided he was ready for his next challenge and, in 1983, launched his own security business in Timaru, New Zealand: Allied Alarms.

A serious investment in staff

Brad Halcrow   7 June, 2016

The team at Daltons are specialists in their field. In fact, this has been the niche for Daltons since the outset back in 1966 when now Managing Director Bruce’s father began the business. Nowadays, their services remain in high demand.