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.

Casie and her team are specialists at creating purposeful branding, websites, and graphic design solutions to help other local businesses look better and market more effectively. 

“Any business working from Taranaki needs a globally competitive brand, website and digital presence, and marketing strategy. We’ve been able to work with a growing number of local businesses to deliver that and help them take on the world,” Casie says. 

“There are lots of things to juggle when you are in business. I also have a young family, so life is very busy!” 

Looking to find out what support was available to help grow her business, Casie approached Venture Taranaki business advisor Jane Moffitt, and discovered there are a number of great services available to local businesses.

“Jane listened to my plans to grow the Design Garage and the challenges I was facing, and really helped me focus on my priorities and connected me to some great local businesses and resources.”

Venture Taranaki’s Capability Development Voucher programme enabled Casie to develop her skills in leadership, people management, financial management and project management, meeting the needs of the business as Design Garage’s services, workload and team have expanded.

“As we were taking on more and more work my team was growing and I needed to ensure we had strong project management skills and efficient processes in place to meet the needs of our customers. The Voucher programme enabled us to work with Craig at Project HQ to do this,” Casie says.

“Working with a business coach has really helped me focus and develop the business skills to ensure I am providing the best workplace for my team and an awesome level of service for my clients.”

“Business coaching is great. I’m constantly learning new things and being accountable to someone has really helped keep me on track.”

“I would recommend speaking to Jane and the Business Advisory team at Venture Taranaki. The support is amazing.”

Design Garage recently celebrated four years in business, and now with a team of four and support to help it grow even more, Casie is excited about where the business is going.