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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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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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A battle of wills – negotiation tactics
Imagine if you will, a boxing ring. The arena is dark, there is no audience and there are only four people present – the guy in the red shorts, the one in the blue shorts and a second for each boxer. The second for the boxer in the blue shorts has had many years of […]
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Going to seed – start-up funding during Covid
The initial lockdown forced business to adapt, Gilligan Sheppard were not exempt. Capital raising for early stage / start-ups is always challenging at the best of times. During lockdown Gilligan Sheppard was engaged to raise capital for a start-up, Ora Pharm, a new business in the recently legal and regulated medicinal cannabis industry. Michael, a […]
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Argus Fire Protection – through the fire
Authored by: Jacqui Bensemann, CEO of Argus Fire Protection I received a phone call from Bruce Sheppard, he invited me to present at the GS event themed ‘Purposeful Business’. I said to him, “What is a purposeful business?” Bruce replied, “Argus is one.” And while that wasn’t very helpful, it made me think and want […]
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“We’ll overtake Diligent within two months”
Article in The New Zealand Herald – 5th March 2019,by Chris Keall, Business Writer. The sale of NZX-listed Diligent was sold to a US company for a fraction under $1 billion in 2016 is one of the most storied exits in New Zealand software history. Now, a start-up that’s in the same market – boardroom […]
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Family office services
Gilligan Sheppard has many value added services as well as our Business Advisory and Compliance. One of the services I look after is Family Office. We have a ‘What is a family office’ page on our website where it details what Family Office means to us. I won’t recreate that, I will just let you […]
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