Loz and Bede had less than most businesses staring out because they hadn’t been paid for work in their previous job. Relying solely on the generosity of the builders they had relationships with and even their landlord, the pair were offered payment in advance for jobs – virtually unheard of in the industry – just to pay for the materials for the work ahead.
Through careful financial management and by building their existing networks, Loz and Bede have weathered the rough initial years of starting up a business.
“Getting out of this mire we’ve been in had been a really encouraging success,” says Loz. “The work that we’re finding now is also a testament to our guys and their work ethic and their abilities. We’ve stepped outside of our specialty area and the guys have really proved their incredible talent as joiners. We won the job for the Aranui/Wainoni Community Centre for the full joinery, despite the fact that previously we had only done stairs and that was for a full new building. We won it because we were the only company in New Zealand willing to take on the risk of 3 custom decorative concrete moulds 8mx2.6m, 6.5m x 2.6m, 4.9mx2.6m and we pulled it off! It was amazing.”