16 episodes

A brand new podcast series featuring interviews with Kiwi business owners

Kiwis in Business Linda Shackelford

    • Entrepreneurship
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A brand new podcast series featuring interviews with Kiwi business owners

    Creating eco-friendly magic with Make Eco Easy

    Creating eco-friendly magic with Make Eco Easy

    Lina Montero-Soto makes magic wherever she goes and in whatever she does. So when the founder of Magico marketing agency isn’t creating brand magic, she’s working on Make Eco Easy, a community focused initiative to help transform the eco-awkward among us into eco-able humans. Lina’s ‘wake-up moment’ happened during an organised beach clean-up while picking through small pieces of chip packets, muesli bar wrappers and countless other plastic pieces. It struck her that was what she put in her kids’ lunch boxes each day. Disappointed in herself, she decided it was time to be more mindful about what sustainability and she begun reaching out to people who are leaders in creating sustainable products, services and tips for others to live more eco-friendly lives. Lina’s determined to leave this world a better place than when she arrived in it. www.magico.co.nz

    • 22 min
    Flipping the script with Kiwis in Business podcast founder Linda Shackelford

    Flipping the script with Kiwis in Business podcast founder Linda Shackelford

    In this interview, the tables are turned and Kiwis in Business creator and host Linda Shackelford becomes the interviewee and shares her own business journey with guest host Philip Moon.
    Expand PR is a boutique PR consultancy Linda founded in 2016, after working as a journalist and in various public relations roles.
    She shares her startup journey, talks about how her travel and work experience led her to where she is today, and gives tips for business owners to ‘back themselves’.
    Linda offers a variety of publicity, social media, storytelling and content writing solutions to help innovative businesses, charity organisations, and entrepreneurs and has a ‘make it happen’ approach which she throws into everything she does.
    Listen to the interview here. For more information visit www.expandpr.co.nz
     

    • 23 min
    Storytelling in hospitality with Anson from Spacebar Design

    Storytelling in hospitality with Anson from Spacebar Design

    Spacebar Design launched just the week before the COVID-19 lockdown, but the hospitality design firm was determined not to let it be a setback in its drive to help New Zealand hospitality businesses share their unique stories.
    Designer Anson Kong says Spacebar Design aims to fill a gap in the market by focusing on giving bars, restaurants, cafes and foodtrucks the opportunity to uncover the story of their businesses and the food and beverages behind them in a creative way.
    Anson’s appreciation of the journey of food – from farm to plate – is something he applies to his design work.  Spacebar Design aims to encapsulate the farm to plate stories and other personal stories behind the eateries in its creative process, bringing those stories to life in venues around New Zealand.
     Spacebar Design is passionate about connecting the stories of people and food through interiors. "Being a designer is about the ability to solve problems but not just at a technical and physical level, to me it’s at the emotional and human level as well.”
    www.spacebardesign.co.nz

    • 23 min
    Bringing the flavours of India to NZ with Mel from Mel's Gourmet Foods

    Bringing the flavours of India to NZ with Mel from Mel's Gourmet Foods

    Mel Hurst and her husband Avi Kewalramani arrived in New Zealand in 2000 with just $5000 in their wallets and the determination to build a successful life here. They set up home, got jobs as flight attendants and started a family.
    What they didn’t expect was to turn their love of Indian cooking into a business supplying sauces, curries and spices into gourmet supermarkets and food stores around New Zealand.
    Mel’s Gourmet Foods launched in 2006 with a range of traditional, gourmet, Indian curry sauces that are easy for Kiwis to prepare at home. Ever since, Mel’s Gourmet Indian Curry Sauces have been devoured by people all around the country.
    From day one, Mel has been the face of the brand, creating a very personal and unique experience.
    In this interview, Auckland entrepreneur Mel shares her business startup journey and gives tips for those looking to take the leap and start their own business. https://www.mels.co.nz/

    • 19 min
    VANIA creator shares her journey from her tribal-influenced upbringing in Venezuela to making jewellery in NZ

    VANIA creator shares her journey from her tribal-influenced upbringing in Venezuela to making jewellery in NZ

    Vania Truchsess never saw herself working within the framework of a large company, so this free spirited creative followed her dreams to ‘create a little kingdom and do things my own way’.
    Moving to New Zealand from Venezuela in 2012, Vania quickly turned her passion for making things with her hands into a successful jewellery business, VANIA.
    Drawing on lessons learnt in her youth to work hard and always be your authentic self, and taking inspiration from a member of the Wayuu tribe who helped raise her, she created VANIA.
    Selling online and at select retail outlets around New Zealand, VANIA's gemstone bracelet and earring range encourages its wearers to ‘follow their soul and be their own kind of beautiful’.
    Hear Vania’s unique story in this interview.
    https://www.vaniatruchsess.co.nz/
     

    • 20 min
    Putting the 'yum' in food allergies with Nathan Little from Yum Box

    Putting the 'yum' in food allergies with Nathan Little from Yum Box

    Gisborne born and raised entrepreneur Nathan Little worked in various business roles before starting Yum Box earlier this year.
    After a life-changing overseas trip, Nathan and his wife Alyssha realised they wanted something more than the 9-5 lifestyle so returned to NZ to start business that would give them freedom to create the life they love.
    Now based in Tauranga, Nathan runs Yum Box for Kiwis with food allergies and special dietary requirements. The Yum Box product range caters to people who are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, sugar free, soy free, keto, paleo, vegan or specifically seek NZ-made goods, or an organic diet. The snacks come in boxes that consumers can compile themselves or pre-filled boxes.
    Nathan speaks to our guest host Nicola Brebner, a parent of a child with food allergies, about his new business and how he’s hoping to make a positive difference in vulnerable communities around the world. 10 percent of all the profits from Yum Box go back into those communities.
    https://www.yum-box.co.nz/

    • 16 min

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