Friday April 8, 2016
Business Business inbrief
Equestrian business sold Lucas Saddlery and Equestrian Centre has been sold after nearly 40 years of being in operation. New owners Monica and Paula Lewis plan to relocate the business in the coming months.
Restaurant owners leave Restaurant owners Dave and Sarah Anderson have not renewed their lease with Wither Hills. They will be based in Hanmer Springs running their new business, Eden Restaurant.
Redwoodtown Countdown Countdown opens the new Redwoodtown supermarket on Thursday next week. The 2300 square metre store is the chain’s 184th store and is a new-generation format with energy efficient fixtures and fittings, full service deli and bakery departments, self-service checkouts, and Sushi Bar. It creates 24 new jobs, the supermarket says.
Govt to review pokies Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the class 4 ‘pokies’ sector is to be reviewed, with a discussion document on the future sustainability of community funding from class 4 gambling to be released later this year. In 2015, $262 million of proceeds from the sector was distributed to local community causes. This was a decline of 33 per cent since 2004.
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New owner for Blenheim Chimney Cleaning Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Cleaning chimneys and fireplaces is a whole new venture for local man Patrick Burdon. Pa t r ick p u r ch a s e d t h e Blenheim Chimney Cleaning business on April 1. Previously Patrick worked for 23 years at the salt works and says he was looking for something ‘new’, so when he saw the business for sale he felt it was a great opportunity. “It’s great to be working outdoors and I enjoy going to the different areas of Marlborough and meeting new people. “Every day is different and it’s great to be my own boss,”
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RIGHT: Patrick Burdon has purchased the Blenheim Chimney Cleaning business from Doug Powell.
A hot new business venture By Celeste Alexander Local man Doug Powell has handed his chimney sweep brush over to a new owner, and started up his own business installing fires. He has sold Blenheim Chimney Cleaning business to Patrick Burdon and started Marlborough Fire Installations. With his building background and five years spent in his chimney cleaning business, Doug says he was ready to go out on his own as an independent installer. “Basically, I will be doing everything but supplying the fire place. “I can do Council permits if needed, free appraisals and because I’m independent I’m not biased and work with all makes and models of fires,” he says. Inquiries are already coming in which is great news for Doug and he is willing to travel anywhere in Marlborough.
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he says. Currently Patrick is being assisted by previous owner Doug Powell and together they are working through the ‘backlog’ of jobs. “It’s the busiest time of year for the business and we are working hard to keep up. “The main thing I want people to know is that if I don’t pick up straight away it’s because I may be up on a roof. So leave a message and I will get back to you,” he says.
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Principals of the new firm created by the merger of Gilbert Haymes and Associates and Ensurv, from left, Tony Hawke, Phil Morton, and Perry Gilbert.
Land surveyors merge Story and photo by Cathie Bell Survey firms Ensurv and Gilbert Haymes and Associates have merged. The firms are to operate under the Gilbert Haymes and Associates name, but all is ‘business as usual’, they say. The directors of Gilbert Haymes and Associates will be Tony Hawke, Phil Morton and Perry Gilbert. Phil Norton, a previous director of Ensurv, will continue to work at the firm. Perry says all staff and equipment have moved to the new firm, so clients will continue to deal with the same people they are used to working with.
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“The biggest change for Ensurv is the change of location and the name.” The firm is operating upstairs at 14 Queen Street, and continuing the Gilbert Haymes and Associates name, with this practice operating under various names since the 1920’s. “We didn’t want to lose that connectivity,” Tony says. In the short term, Perry says, the merged firm will operate from the Gilbert Haymes office on Queen Street. In the long term, the firm is considering building on the Ensurv site in High Street and moving there, but that is still being worked through, he says.
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