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4 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS February/March 2018 Conversations with William William Durning - chief executive, Waikato Chamber of Commerce Just like you, there are times where we get to the end of the day here at the Chamber and there is still lots to do. Being busy is something that we all want to be and is often a part of how we greet others. But being busy isn’t really the objective - it’s all about being effective and in my experience that comes down to a couple of factors, clarity of what it is that you want to do and then the appropriate resources that you deploy to get the job done. The clarity of what needs to be focused on is really the output of good strategic thinking and planning and that topic alone is worthy of its own separate commentary. What I would like to touch on is the second part - the resources to deploy once you know what must be done and those far too often experienced moments where the task that needs attention is significant in size, complex in its nature and you don’t have any spare people or budget to employ people to get it done. What is one to do? This is a perennial problem and is a significant issue for smaller businesses or those in the not for profit space. A resource to help that is sometimes overlooked is our graduate students from the tertiary sector. From personal experience, if you are open to being a little creative in how you use them you can get some astounding results. As part of our ongoing work plan the Chamber board and I agreed that we could do a lot more to improve our health and safety processes and the reporting to the board. Both the University of Waikato and Wintec have clearly articulated that they have students who will act as interns to help those in business improve their productivity and in return give to the student valuable work experience - allow me dear reader to tell you of how here at the Chamber we have used such a resource. As part of our ongoing work plan the Chamber board and I agreed that we could do a lot more to improve our health and safety processes and the reporting to the board. This project had significant scope CHAMBER EVENTS 28th February – Habit 7: How to make your brand stick William Durning - chief executive, Waikato Chamber of Commerce. and complexity allowing an HR student from Wintec, Sanah Ali, to spend more than 120 hours on the task. In that time she collated and reviewed our existing paper-based system and then took that information, along with current best practice learning and using Safe365, a cloud-based system designed here in Waikato, implemented a significant superior solution that we benefit from today. Another example is a law student from the University of Waikato, Angus Campbell who is currently reviewing the Hamilton City Council 10-year plan which is open for submissions. Angus is reviewing the extensive support material, understanding what the key issues are from a business perspective and then is collating feedback for the Chamber submission that we will make on behalf of our members. In both cases the expectations on me aren’t huge, my role requires defining a clear outcome that the student works towards and then regular sessions where I act as a sounding board on the approaches that are being taken. In addition to getting the work done, I have found some of the approaches and solutions are quite dynamic and have been a learning exercise for me as well. I have also had the real privilege of helping in my small way develop the next generation of business women and men who are our upcoming leaders. The cliché of it being a win/win really feels an appropriate way of succinctly describing the experience, and did I mention that it is completely free! If you are keen to also benefit from this untapped resource drop me a line, it would be my pleasure to also help you have a more effective rather than a busier day by making a student a part of your business. 12th - 14th March – New Kiwi Career Success Programme 13th March – Diversity Regional Roadshow, The workplace of the future 14th March – Lunch with Sir Graeme Dingle 15th March – How to be a CEO in 10 years: Hamilton Young Professionals 22nd March – The RedSofa with Alibaba Group, Stark Property and official partners of Justin Bieber! 23rd March – Smith & McKenzie Mini Golf Tournament Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Floor, Wintec House Cnr Nisbet and Anglesea Street, HAMILTON 07 839 5895 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.waikatochamber.co.nz Gallagher’s head office in Hamilton. Gallagher celebrates 80 years Gallagher is celebrating its 80th anniversary as a leading technology company in the animal management, security and fuel systems industries. The family owned-and-operated Hamilton company was founded in 1938 by the late Bill Gallagher Senior and 80 years ago was a 10-person business which designed and delivered New Zealand’s first electric fence solution. Today, the company employs 1100 people across a global network in ten countries. To celebrate 80 years Gallagher will hold a series of events for customers and employees throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. “The innovative spirit of, my father, our founder Bill Gallagher Senior – who 80 years ago worked to solve our first problem – is alive in the generations of our people who continue to deliver previously unthought-of solutions,” said Sir William Gallagher, chief executive and chairman, Gal- lagher. “Each year, for 80 years, our customers have experienced continual increases in the power of Gallagher technology to transform their working lives.” “Our longevity is a credit to our employees, business partners and customers whose dedication to the brand are absolutely key to our success. As part of our anniversary we’re looking forward to events throughout the year that will celebrate the strength of those partnerships built over decades.” A significant investment into the company’s people will see employees from throughout New Zealand and their families join together with the Gallagher family for a milestone ceremony. The celebration will include food inspired by office locations across the globe, fun family activities and headline entertainment. Around the world, additional Gallagher celebrations are well underway, including the following, among many others: - The installation of a giant ‘spark’ graphic on Gallagher’s head office in Hamilton, New Zealand - Worldwide anniversary product initiatives for customers - An official gala dinner at the Gallagher residence in Hamilton, New Zealand for a number of key customers, suppliers and business community members - Sponsorship of additional organisations as a thank you to the communities where Gallagher operates. To further mark the milestone, Gallagher moments will be captured in a commemorative digital format, to be published at the end of the year, as a reflection of the brand’s presence over the past 80 years. The digital book will be available to view online at gallagher.com and Gallagher’s customers and business partners are invited to contribute heritage archives via eighty@ gallagher.com. “We’ve achieved a lot in the past 80 years but we are just getting started,” said Sir William. New boss at Momentum Hamilton City Council’s high profile general manger city growth Kelvyn Eglinton has been appointed as Momentum Waikato’s new chief executive. Mr Eglinton will take up the role at the community foundation in mid-March. Founding chief executive Cheryl Reynolds has left after four years at the helm to establish a new social enterprise for generosity. Momentum Waikato chairman Leonard Gardner says he is pleased the foundation’s board has appointed Mr Eglinton. “We are grateful Kelvyn is joining us. He has a very strong background in community engagement and growth and that, combined with his strategic approach, will drive Momentum Waikato through its next important phase.” Mr Gardner says Mr Eglinton is a strong supporter of the Waikato region, and will be a perfect fit for what is a unique role in New Zealand. Momentum Waikato Community Foundation is an independent, permanent resource for high-impact philanthropic giving within the Waikato region, linking generous donors to strategic charitable investments targeted at transformational change. Among other things it is currently convening donations to deliver the new Waikato Regional Theatre. Mr Eglinton, who has held the city growth role at Hamilton City Council for two years, has a strong background in corporate social responsibility in mining in New Zealand and Australasia, and has long-term connections to Waikato. “The Momentum CEO role was very attractive because my background is in working across communities and within corporate organisations, particularly around corporate social responsibility. Waikato is on the cusp of great things and Momentum Waikato is aligned with many good business people seeking to make the region a better place.” He plans to build on the work already put in place by Ms Reynolds and the Momentum Waikato team to specialise in brokering deals by connecting donors and projects, and to make Waikato the most generous region in the world. “We have about 460,000 people across our region, making us the third biggest economy in New Zealand. We have communities wanting to build a sense of place, a strong iwi in Waikato Tainui and solid opportunities to leverage across New Momentum chief executive Kelvyn Eglinton. projects and programmes. So, we’re big enough to trial things but we’re flexible and have great connections, and therefore we can adapt and amend quickly if we need to.” Mr Eglinton says Momentum Waikato already has the support of many generous individual donors, and he’ll also be looking to work with corporate, iwi and community organisations to benefit the Waikato community. “Corporate social responsibility is still really in its infancy in New Zealand, but we are seeing great changes in many industries. I hope to be able to talk with companies here about providing benefits to communities in such a way that makes good sense to organisations.”
WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS February/March 2018 5 Ring road nearly done Work on the final section in Hamilton’s arterial ring road, linking Wairere Drive and Cobham Drive (State Highway 1) is underway. When complete, Cobham Drive will be raised to allow the four-laned Wairere Drive to pass beneath it, accompanied by extended shared walking and cycling paths. The new intersection and overbridge will have on and off ramp connections, and allowance will also be made for Wairere Drive to be extended in the future to the Southern Links roading network, supporting future growth to the south of the city. Site worked started on February 19 focusing on moving and replacing existing major services such as water pipes and power lines and installing new stormwater pipes. A number of trees and vegetation will also need to be removed, and the stream below Cobham Drive realigned to allow for the service relocation work and future roading construction. City development manager Andrew Parsons says the enabling works will mean the site will be ready for construction late this year, subject to council approval as part of the 10-Year Plan. “People can expect to see some big changes to how this area looks as we prepare the site for construction. We’re ensuring we only remove trees and vegetation that we have to, and will also be carrying out significant replanting through the project.” Cr Dave Macpherson, chairmanr of the council’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee says it’s great to see work starting. “This final stage of the Ring Road network is significant. It not only improves transport connections in our city for those travelling by vehicles, bikes and on foot, but also future-proofs our transport network for our fast-growing city.” The work is being jointly funded by council and the NZ Transport Agency. The Transport Agency’s Central North Island Regional Relationships Director Parekawhia McLean says the Transport Agency is pleased to be working with the council to start on the Wairere Drive- Cobham Drive link. “This is an important piece of the puzzle in creating a transport network that supports the future growth of Hamilton." An information day is currently being planned to share the project with the community. Export Awards open for entries It’s time for exporters to share their inspirational stories. Entries are now open to the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2018 - Auckland and Waikato. Export business operations based in Northland, Auckland and/or the Waikato regions are eligible to enter. The ExportNZ awards programme has inspired exporters to expand their business horizons and grow internationally, by celebrating their success stories. These inspirational stories of Kiwi ingenuity, innovation and sales achievements showcase the incredible diversity of our export sector. New Zealand is a trading nation and our exporters are vital to New Zealand’s economy, says Catherine Lye, regional manager of ExportNZ Auckland, Waikato & Bay of Plenty. "Our awards are a crucial way we recognise the role of exporters in our country. The very nature of the business means exporters often have more presence offshore, than onshore, and the awards are an excellent way we can help them share their success stories, along with the highs and lows they’ve had to overcome. This year, the category winners from the respective ExportNZ regional awards programmes automatically qualify for entry into the New Zealand International Business Awards (NZIBA), run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). The collaboration between NZTE and ExportNZ will create a cohesive and exciting programme of awards for 2018, culminating in the NZIBA at the end of the year. ExportNZ Auckland has been running the awards since 2009, as part of its mission to champion the value of exporting for New Zealand and New Zealanders. Entries for the awards are now open and close on March 16. ExportNZ Auckland and Waikato are divisions of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. The 2018 awards will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner on Thursday, June 28 in Auckland. When buying or selling a business in the Waikato Talk to the people who get results. Jono Kennedy 021 045 3871 Otago Greg Dunn 027 293 0377 Tony Begbie 029 200 6515 Scott Laurence 027 473 5425 Graeme Finch 027 495 3413 Craig Paul 021 786 496 Being in business for yourself is one of the most exciting and rewarding things that you can do. It can be challenging, it can be tough, but the satisfaction of running and building a successful business is immense. So if you’re wanting to sell a business you’ve built up over time, or want to buy an independent future for you and your family, we’re the people to talk to...and we are based right here in Hamilton. ABC Business Sales Waikato | Your Trusted Advisors AUCKLAND WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA - TAUPO HAWKES BAY MANAWATU WELLINGTON CANTERBURY OTAGO We’ll Take You There. www.businessesforsale.co.nz Licensed REAA 2008
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