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The resilience of a family business
Sarin Investments is a family business that owns and manages several high-quality hotels throughout New Zealand, as well as partnering with well-known international hotel brands. Along with hotel ownership and management, Sarin is involved in property management, event centre management, lease management, and residential and commercial development. Their twenty-year operation has seen Sarin create a […]
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Steve Ballantyne – Career learnings & testimonial
Steve Ballantyne, Director of Brand IQ, shares his biggest accomplishments, failures, and learnings throughout his business career. It wasn’t easy “taking the boy out of the country”, so how did Steve change his thinking to adapt to the big city? “They saved my business career” is Steve’s article, with furthermore about his story and relationship […]
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Led by a purpose of saving lives and livelihoods
Argus Fire Protection designs solutions to protect life, property, and assets from fire. Founded in 1981 as a sprinkler contracting company, it consisted of a few old vans and a team of five hard-working sprinkler fitters. In the late 80s, Jacqui’s father Erle Bensemann responded to an advertisement placed by Gilligan Sheppard to sell an […]
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The power of working together
When Peter Baker started Peter Baker Transport in March 1972, it was simple really. He had his ’64 Bedford, a phone, and an invoice book. That was about 50 years ago, and you’ll still see his legacy travelling the roads of New Zealand today. Not just the ’64 Bedford. Today, you’ll see blue and white […]
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“They saved my business career.”
Our relationship with Gilligan Sheppard began 20 years ago, when my brother Paul and I had a very successful business called Ballantyne Directories. Ballantyne Directories was a Yellow Pages advertising agency with a multi-million-dollar turnover, designing and placing ads for over 500 clients throughout New Zealand. So, what led us to engage with Gilligan Sheppard? […]
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“The best advice I got from Coopers & Lybrand? Go see Gilligan Sheppard.”
Liam Forde’s company The Zone works with companies around the world, creating high performance teams that embrace challenge, promote collaboration, and develop inspiring, empowering environments. He helps businesses to be more human, so it makes sense that he would naturally align with an accountant who considers the human dimension, not just facts, files, and numbers. […]
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