BNZ Connect SME Podcast

BNZ Connect SME Podcast

Get insights into the unique challenges and creative solutions of some of New Zealand’s most innovative businesses. This podcast brings together two businesses per episode to discuss how they navigated sudden change during New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown, what they learned, and how they’re looking to the future. Hosted by New Zealand Herald Business Editor at Large, Liam Dann. The views and claims expressed by individuals in this podcast are their own and do not represent the views of Bank of New Zealand. This material is for general information purposes only and doesn’t constitute financial, legal or tax advice. Neither BNZ nor any person involved in this podcast accepts any liability arising out of the use of, or reliance on, all or any part of the content.

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September 13, 2020 31 min
For some SMEs COVID-19 presented an opportunity for rapid growth, but like many businesses who experience a surge in demand, there can be a number of growing pains along the way. For Kenneth Leong, Co-Founder and Director of face masks company Meo, the global pandemic saw product demand go through the roof – and managing supply, demand, and logistics proved extremely challenging. For Simon Furness from online meat retailer Hyper Me...
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Being a business owner means making tough decisions. When some businesses were forced to close their doors during New Zealand’s initial Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown, or faced losing millions of dollars of assets, the decisions made in those moments can have impacts forever. For Christchurch restaurant owner Anton Matthews from FUSH and Ryan McQuerry and Nick Lubeck interior plantscaping business Outside In, deciding where to make sacr...
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August 30, 2020 32 min
When your business’ future is up in the air, it can be a good idea to focus on your core values and passions. For two Wellington-based tech companies, New Zealand’s initial lockdown presented opportunities for both innovation and reflection. For Jessica Manins, CEO of virtual reality social gaming business Beyond, it was a time to explore how social gaming could connect people in their homes. For Nic Gibbens from digital agency Pap...
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August 24, 2020 33 min
Lockdown of the borders could have been devastating for two businesses reliant on international tourists. But Richard Ussher from Nelson’s popular Cable Bay Adventure Park and Oscar Rodwell from BONZ, a Queenstown based retailer and manufacturer for New Zealand made apparel are two innovative businesses who weren’t going to let a global pandemic cut them off from their customers. Discover how they engaged their workforce, deconstru...
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August 12, 2020 35 min
When a crisis hits, do you turn to data and information to help you navigate a way through or do you rely on your gut? In this episode we speak to two innovative businesses both faced with the challenge of guiding their staff and customers through at a time of uncertainty as New Zealand went into its initial COVID-19 lockdown. Angie Judge, owner of SAAS business Dexibit, turned to the data to help guide their customers through the ...
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August 12, 2020 26 min
A global pandemic forced Kiwi businesses to re-examine how they operate. For two businesses on the cusp of the latest tech trends, it inspired more than just creative solutions – it inspired altruism. In this episode we speak to Sam Ramlu, from creative interactive studio Method, who created tools and resources designed to help other SME business owners juggling the digital transformation of their business and create joy for kids s...
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August 12, 2020 27 min
What do you do when a global pandemic wipes out your customers almost overnight? Joe Bradford from Fiasco, a road case manufacturer for the events industry, and Olive Tabor, who owns a boutique burger and ice-cream truck called Patti’s & Cream, are two innovative businesses who weren’t going to let lockdown smother their business ambitions. Discover how they created entirely new products and distribution channels overnight, tra...
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August 6, 2020 48 sec
Get insights into the unique challenges and creative solutions of some of New Zealand’s most innovative businesses. This podcast brings together two businesses per episode to discuss how they navigated sudden change during New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdown, what they learned, and how they’re looking to the future. Hosted by New Zealand Herald Business Editor at Large, Liam Dann.   Subscribe today. 
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July 19, 2020 33 min
Faced with a challenge like no other, and with the responsibility of other people and your employees jobs on your shoulders, how do you lead your business through uncertainty? In this episode we speak to two business owners who have: Joe Davis, co-founder of transformative STEM education provider Nanogirl Labs and Jason Macklow from Good George brewery and restaurants share how they embraced the challenge – leaning into the COVID-1...
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