Honest Rum founders Dave Lincoln and Luke Jones are good mates who met in high school and then worked together in bars. They earnestly made their way up from cleaning glasses to creating cocktails and eventually becoming real connoisseurs. When they launched a spirit brand of their own, the pair reached out to Business Mentors NZ and found a great match with Mentor Darryl Holt.
Pure Hair Studio has taken Sarah Bergin on an exciting journey over the last five years. Not only did she launch and grow a thriving business, but she’s also navigated the challenges of the pandemic and found a balance between her work and life. She credits her Business Mentor, Wendy Johnston, with helping her build a business that suits her beautifully.
Managing money is something Min McKay is very good at – both her own and other peoples’. With a background in banking Min decided to take her passion for teaching people how to make the most of their hard-earned money, into her own business – You Change. She tapped into Business Mentors NZ for help in digital marketing to increase her online presence and attract more customers.
A stint of playing American football in Germany started Bradley Fraser on the road to launching a niche business not seen before in New Zealand.
Founder of Piano Picnic, Ruth Power is on a mission to show that piano is cool and accessible to everyone. The Raglan based musician and music teacher is providing an alternative to the traditional options by enabling pianists to embrace their creativity and curiosity and to hit the right note, she sought the help of Business Mentors.
Like the rest of New Zealand, Sonja Painter could never have foreseen the impact of Covid and the dramatic drop in tourists seeking the adrenaline-fuelled attractions of her business, Thrillzone, dropped away dramatically.
Bronwen Hurford wanted to grow her business, The Paper People with a strong sense of purpose. To do this, she knew good guidance would be pivotal. As a newcomer to Dunedin, Business Mentors New Zealand was one of Bronwen’s first stops.
Waimate’s Back Paddock Garden and Gifts was just a seed of an idea seven months ago but has quickly blossomed into a thriving business.
Starting a business in a new country is a big challenge. But add a pandemic into the mix and those challenges take on a whole new dimension.
Mark and Rebecca Richards had been in business as Christchurch Wrought Iron for a few years when they decided to find a Business Mentor. Keith Alexander became a reliable supporter of the pair as they shaped their operations to thrive. Together, they explain how Christchurch Wrought Iron has become stronger than ever.