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From the garage to global

From the garage to global

Following her passion for design Casie Smith set up Design Garage in her garage. From humble beginnings, she’s rapidly grown the business into a thriving boutique design agency, thanks to hard work, determination, and some well-placed support.

Time for the perfect finish

Time for the perfect finish

Anyone with a keen interest in Taranaki’s thriving custom and performance car scene will have seen a Steven Sole Customs sticker on some of the region’s best-looking cars. Behind this now iconic sticker, and the flawless paint, is a small business driven by a couple passionate about delivering a great product.

Help to keep the pedal down on growth

Help to keep the pedal down on growth

When Daniel McKerrow left school he had no idea what he wanted to do. He took a role with meat processors Anzco for a season, but a conversation with his uncle got him thinking about a career in engineering.

Bravely into business

Bravely into business

It takes a lot of bravery to quit your day job and start something new. Fortunately for PR and marketing firm Favour the Brave, they have bravery in spades, and a meeting with Venture Taranaki business advisor Jane Moffitt helped with the other aspects of business.

Sustaining a sustainable business - Building Lab

Sustaining a sustainable business - Building Lab

A desire to up the level of sustainability in the building sector led Jamie and Andy to start Building Lab, a construction and bespoke furniture business with a focus on doing things differently.

Making business an art

Making business an art

A passion for art and helping people access contemporary New Zealand artworks drove Catherine Rhodes to open Anderson Rhodes Gallery in early 2018.

Helping the man who helps man’s best friend

Helping the man who helps man’s best friend

With more than two decades of experience in dog behaviour, celebrated former Police dog handler Nick Wilson is clearly passionate about his business Dogs 4 Life. As a dog behaviour specialist, Nick works with dogs and dog owners throughout the North Island to help dogs to be the best they can be and educate dog owners so they can advocate for their dogs in all environments.

Helping a new business help others

Helping a new business help others

Stratford’s Stephanie Haughey launched her business Wellness From Within with the vision of helping people improve their wellbeing. But finding it challenging to get word out and growing the business to help more people, Stephanie turned to the Business Mentors programme.

The beginning of Juniper Witbier

The beginning of Juniper Witbier

A plan hatched in the thick of the action at the Auckland Food Show has reached a very successful fruition, thanks to an enterprising student and a little support from Callaghan Innovation.

Tapuae Roa: Speeding up the food sector

Tapuae Roa: Speeding up the food sector

Four major food projects, as well as three smaller projects, have been announced as part of the Major Regional Food Opportunities initiative.

Right time and place for Top Print

Right time and place for Top Print

Natalie Avery and the team at Top Print moved their business to Waitara, and haven't looked back.

Taranaki food companies make final cut

Taranaki food companies make final cut

Two Taranaki food startups have made the finals for the NZ Inspire+ Artisan Awards.

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