Christchurch Business Review

Reviews of Christchurch Businesses

Promotional Products with Purpose

I was recently invited to a Pink Ribbon Breakfast charity event organised to raise money for breast cancer research projects and medical grants. The breakfast was hosted by Christchurch Company Bright Sparks, who specialise in promotional products. NZ made and imported products are both available through their website which emphasises a commitment to operating ethically and giving back to the community. The friend who invited me to the event has used Bright Sparks to promote her business in the past and said they have consistently been both creative and efficient.
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After the event, I received a pink themed gift bag to take home. Often, when you think promotional products it brings to mind a throwaway, gimmicky product. However, at this event that was not the case. The gift bags were custom themed from the pink bags, to pink reusable coffee cups, and even pink promotional pens. NZ wide 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer a day, so it was both heartening and refreshing to see a marketing company doing their bit to actively raise money for such a worthy cause while exercising corporate social responsibility.

LiftX – providing access solutions for the construction site

A friend recently dealt with Christchurch based company, LiftX, when looking for access solutions for working at heights on a construction site. They would normally have used scaffolding, but with the increased pressure on Health & Safety, he decided to research his options.

access solutions liftxHis immediate thought was to hire some access equipment like he had done once previously. Instead – he stumbled across LiftX – who sell new and used access solutions including scissor lifts, booms lifts, cherry pickers and personnel lifts.

The team at LiftX showed my friend over their options, including the popular HT23RTJ Haulotte self-propelled telescopic Boom Lift – which was ideal for the situation, given the range of features this ewp has.

My friend was very happy with the service provided, so decided to purchase the Haulotte Boom lift – especially when he found out that LiftX go the extra mile and give the machines a 6 monthly service/certification to make sure they are safe to use!

Home Vision Blinds – Stockists of roller blinds, venetians and vertical blinds

When looking to furnish our new home with blinds we were recommended by a friend to visit Denny and Jason’s team at Home Vision Blinds in Auckland. A quick background check and it looked like a great option; almost three decades of experience, low factory prices and a family business. So we visited their team at the East Tamaki showroom and were blown away by their customer service (80% of their business comes from referral).

Home Vision roller blinds rodsThe team were extremely knowledgeable and had some great recommendations for our new home. We discovered that their most popular roller blinds are made right at the factory in Auckland from high quality componentry that is imported from a family contact in Taiwan. The roller blinds are modern and have a very elegant style that suited a contemporaryhome style. There were plenty of colour options in the fabric range, but with their assistance at the showroom we managed to find the perfect weight in the right colour. Next they came to our house and did the measuring/quote, all for free! The quote proved to be very competitive (most likely thanks to those family contacts in Taiwan). We moved ahead with Home Vision Blinds, and were able to do the installation ourselves. The turnaround was very quick and before we knew it our blinds were up and filtering the afternoon sun while still letting us enjoy the view. We opted to get wooden blinds made for the bedroom as well.

Home Vision Blinds have a great range of colours and options (roller blinds, timber blinds, vertical blinds and venetian blinds) and their customer service was the cherry on top. I can see why they have over 60,000 happy customers nationwide!

Fleetwood Construction – Renovations and new home builders

A friend’s mother had two really stylish architectural townhouses in Armagh St built by Sam and his team at Fleetwood Construction. On her recommendation, we engaged Sam to manage $200k of renovations to our 130 year old home in Fendalton. That was nine years ago! He and his team do a pretty solid job. I have come across one builder who was more fastidious, but also more pricey and that relationship ended up on a sour note. Sam on the other hand, we keep using.

Fleetwood fit the bill for a reliable, well managed building team who are capable of both new builds and renovations, though I think their focus now after the earthquake is more as new home builders. He’s pretty good with communication. We used him again for $130k worth of earthquake repairs in 2014. He kindly scheduled the repairs in during early January while we were away on holiday, and the project – estimated to take 5 weeks – took 6 weeks which is a pretty good turnaround compared to a lot of earthquake repairs. It was quite complicated having to move a six person office and the house and juggle getting the office back in while the house part was still being finished but he pulled out the stops to be accommodating.

I recently dropped something off to Sam’s own new two-storey home, which he recently finished. It is contemporary and elegant, and architectural in style. I would recommend Sam. He has four building teams now and personally project manages each project.

Countrywide Distributors: Nationwide Food Distributors

My colleague recently set up a cafe and went through the process of picking food distributors to supply the products she needed. If was quite an intense task, with several different Christchurch food distributors offering equivalent products.

One distributor that stood out to us was Countrywide Distributors NZ. They consist of 14 owner-operated bulk food distributors throughout New Zealand, all under one group umbrella. They offer a wide number of well known brands (including Tegel, Watties & Mr Chips).

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Countrywide distribute to cafes, restaurants, hotel/motels, retirement homes, schools and fast food outlets, offering a large range of frozen, dry and chilled goods at competitive prices.

The food service distributors in the Countrywide network all operate modern multi temperature warehouses and vehicles.In contrast, their major competitor offers a decentralised approach, with each regional centre responsible for the product range and pricing.

Countrywide’s centralised approach allows them to co-ordinate and centralise payments, purchasing and policy development which helps keep their pricing competitive.

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