Business Success Story: Rahera Photography

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Future proofing through diversification Photographer Rachael started her business, Rahera Photography in Palmerston North in 2011. The business idled along paying for itself as she raised her family and completed a Master of Fine Arts. But in 2020 a change in personal circumstances meant Rachael needed the business to start bringing in a…

Business Success Story: Alchemy & I – From UK to Palmy

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Starting a business in Palmerston North was never on Haylee Benton’s radar when she returned home to Palmerston North from the United Kingdom. As for many kiwis living abroad, coming…

Start-up Success Story: Cutly Limited’s Road to Success

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Starting a business comes with many challenges and is no easy feat. But as three young entrepreneurs from Palmerston North discovered, when you have a supportive network around you, who…

Business Success Story: Human Stories – Mixing business with motherhood

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Renee Murphy is a content writer based in Palmerston North. She writes for clients in Manawatū and across New Zealand and shares her business start-up journey below. If you’d told…
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Business Mentors: Behind Every Successful Venture is a Great Mentor

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Few people successful in business would ever claim that they got there with no help, guidance, or even advice. Most businesspeople benefit from the helping hand of others. People who…

Business Mentors: Give Back to Business

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Mark Piper is Fonterra’s Director for Category, Strategy & Innovation. He’s the first non-scientist and non-degree holder to head up the Fonterra Research and Development Centre in its 93-year history.…

Business Success Story: Metalform

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Exporting from Dannevirke to the world. The word “pivot” comes naturally to Metalform. Metalform has turned every perceived disadvantage of being a manufacturer in provincial New Zealand into export strengths.…
The Herb Farm

Business Success Story: The Herb Farm – From Cottage Industry to International Exporter

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When Sarah Cowan bought into her parents’ business, The Herb Farm in 2006, she had a fresh business degree and a vision – to take the brand global. Fourteen years…

Business Success Story: Beta Solutions

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Matthew van der Werff and Terry Southern founded Beta Solutions, an electronic engineering consultancy, in 2008 in Matthew’s sleepout attached to his garage. The pair became good mates while studying…
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Business Success Story: Fonterra

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Fonterra's Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North employs many of the world's leading experts in dairy research and development, and has done so since 1927 when its research began.…
Waireka Honey Centre

Business Success Story: Waireka Honey

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It was on a trip to Australia that Kate Smith recognised the opportunity to tap into the tourism market with her honey business, Waireka Honey. “I popped into a honey…
See Me Media

Business Success Story: SeeMe Media

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Based in Palmerston North, See Me Media and Screen Vistas are an outdoor and cinema advertising company. They first connected with CEDA three years ago to access our support and…

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