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Fastway delivering for 35 years
From one man driving a van delivering parcels across Napier and Hastings 35 years ago, Fastway Couriers now delivers over 25,000 parcels every day of the year throughout New Zealand. The franchise model business with 17 regional franchise owners and 300 franchise couriers in New Zealand has exponentially grown in parcel deliveries with the rapid growth in online shopping both...
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Style and grace mark doyenne of hair and beauty
For 50 years Kay has been at the forefront of hair design, owning and operating hair salons and beauty clinics in Hastings, Taradale and Havelock North. As she passionately rolls out MèCHE (pronounced Mesh), the latest brand reincarnation of what started back in 1968 as Kay’s Salon, there’s no way she’s standing still or looking at retiring – just yet....
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2018 Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards
The 2018 Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards has this year recognised the outstanding contribution of seven past, present and future leaders in their field. Hosted by the Hawke’s Bay A & P Society at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, Tomoana, Hawke's Bay's Primary Sector Awards is the biggest night on the region's primary sector calendar with over 400 people...
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SUPERCHARGED ADVENTURE A MUST-DO EXPERIENCE
Ten adrenaline seekers from Hawke’s Bay – bar one from Hunterville – started 2018 on the ultimate product promotion trip that they’ll never forget and which is now set to become a regular opportunity for others. While Hawke’s Bay was in the midst of a hot summer, the 10 blokes and one of the wives were ploughing their way through...
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High Flying Scot ready to take airport into new era
The Hawke’s Bay Airport has a new chief executive. Stuart Ainslie, a Scot, who brings a wealth of experience within the aviation sector and he's arrived with fresh eyes and ideas on how to further establish the airport as the gateway to the region. Where are you from? I was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, which was the original capital seat...
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On the right Axis for growth
A Hawke’s Bay business that plays a big role in putting other businesses up in bright shining lights, prefers to keep a low profile. Axis might not be well known within the Hawke’s Bay scene in general but they are the ‘go to’ business for sign writers nationwide through to boat manufacturers and everything in between. So, what do Axis...
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Collective wisdom, bottom line success – The Alternative Board
Many small and medium businesses (SMEs) in Hawke’s Bay are set to benefit from a globally successful business development model that is based on collaboration of those sitting around a boardroom table. The Alternative Board - www. thealternativeboard.co.nz, has been brought to the Bay by two well-known local businessmen Wayne Baird and Russell Jaggard. It draws on their wide range...
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Too small for independent advice?
Many small business owners assume that company boards are for the big boys – yet the benefits of independent directors or advisors apply to all businesses, irrespective of size or structure. Owner-run businesses can be averse to appointing outside directors or advisors, driven by a mix of ‘she’ll be right’ mentality, a desire to keep everything in ‘the family’ or...
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Valuing up the Napier Office Rental Space
Traditionally there has always been an oversupply of secondary office rental space in Napier and Hawke’s Bay in general. Tenants have favoured, new or well renovated office accommodation which has meant that landlords with second tier accommodation have always struggled to attract tenants. However, recent developments in June 2017 saw the Napier City Council identify the council civic buildings as...