Need help to fast track your business growth?

Here you will find a directory of the “Big Thinking Business Stars.”  All the businesses in this directory are in NZ and doing an amazing job at providing quality products and services to NZ and the world.  Check them out and support them.

Ann Andrews CSP

Ann Andrews CSP is a seriously inspirational entrepreneur who spent 30+ years encouraging organisations and individuals to learn, unlearn and relearn so they could face any change and any challenge likely to hit their lives or their business.

Ann’s early experience in the military exposed her to astounding leadership skills and an unusual way of working she still believes is the way businesses should function.

An HR specialist of some 30 years standing Ann is a seasoned conference speaker.  She is regularly invited back to challenge people with her infectious humour and common sense tips.

One organsation has had her speak at their conference 5 years running!

Ann is a past National President of the National Speakers’ Association of New Zealand, and was the recipient of The Spirit of Excellence Award in 2000 and again in 2009, the highest award in the speaking profession. She is now a Life Member of NSANZ.

She has written four business books; co-authored a further 8 and recently sold her highly successful online training company

In 2016 Ann launched ‘Big Thinking Business Forums’ where 4 times a year she hosts an event designed to facilitate ‘thinking’ time for busy owners and managers. In a world where any business is just one ‘tweet’ away from disaster, making time to create a plan B is vital.
‘Ann Andrews is AWESOME! Whether you have an audience of bishops, business managers or bus drivers, she will connect, coach and inspire. That's why our attendees have demanded her back, year after year since 2003!’ 
 Craig Carlyle
Event Director, National Maintenance Engineering Conference
To book Ann as a speaker at your next conference or off-site energizer contact her.            

TOPICS: leadership; performance management; change management

0272 465 585
Rosa Chow

Rosa believes that in any business, leaders are there to empower staff and happy staff can make thedifference.   On-going education maintains the momentum to personal and business growth.

Rosa has 13 years’ outstanding record tutoring business and money management.  Her nursing background has provided her with a rich experience in education and management while her extensive involvement in community work has given her solid understanding of organisations, business practice and resources.

Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Rosa is very comfortable establishing rapport with people of diverse cultures and business positions and is an excellent business training resource.

Amazing Business Limited | Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird is a Business Trainer, International Speaker and Best Selling International Author who has been involved in businesses since 1998, taking him from his home in Auckland through Australia and the US, including Wall Street in New York where he worked with start-ups during the DotCom Boom and Bust of 2000.

Growing businesses from nothing to millions in turnover and creating many profitable exits he loves helping business owners transform what’s possible for them.  From Baby Boomers getting ready to sell their business for the maximum price through to Gen Y’s struggling in their first business, Andrew loves getting stuck in and sharing what works from his personal experiences.

Investing in multiple start ups with his most successful now trading for over $500 million dollars he has a wealth of experience in starting small and growing businesses.  He has bought and sold, partnered and used licensing to rapidly grow his start ups.  An expert in online technologies his first three start ups were technology based companies.

Widely respected he has been featured locally and internationally on Radio, TV, Digital Media and many other media outlets from the National Business Review to Sky TV.

With a wealth of knowledge in business and his advanced strategies he can transform virtually any business.
09 889 3097
Environmental Communications Ltd | Clare Feeney

Clare Feeney is The Sustainability Strategist. She helps businesses and governments solve environmental problems through targeted training programs.

She is a published author and professional speaker and trainer, and her book is called How to Change the World – a practical guide to successful environmental training programs.

Clare has 30 years’ experience in environmental management and training for sustainability. She has a first class masters in physical geography from Auckland University, and lectured there for two years after graduating.

Clare has worked with factories, farms, rivers and big construction sites – but she got out of sewage treatment before she fell in!
09 973 0880
021 631 843
Eugene Moreau Coaching | Eugene Moreau

Over the past 30 years Eugene has been engaged in a variety of consulting and coaching programmes in presentation skills, leadership, proposal & pitch, customer service and client engagement strategies.
He has worked with Crossmark, Lumley NZ, Westpac Financial Services, Auckland University Short Courses, Fletcher Building, Ernst & Young, New Zealand Home Loans, DataCol NZ, Healthlink NZ, YMCA and BCS Group… just to name a few of NZ’s recognisable brands.
He is certified as a Master Coach with the Australasian Behavioural Institute in Sydney Australia and he has coached over hundreds of senior management in developing their ‘Platform Presence’ and business speaking brand.
Eugene is an experienced keynote speaker having featured in over management conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, Japan, Britain and the USA.
021 974 749
Barley Insurances Limited | John Barley

Who are Barley Insurances?
We have been in operation since 1998 and during that time become recognised in the industry as a fiercely independent insurance broking house with a reputation of being a strong advocate of the interests and welfare of our clients.

Our clients range from owners of 4x4 vehicles and classic cars to businesses with staff of up to 120. We handle a wide range of businesses including the trades, heavy industry, charitable organisations, manufacturers and many entities that are household names.

We are independent and have some specific niche products.  We seek to work with clients to understand:

their business
their markets
the challenges that they have in the running of their enterprise on a day to day basis

It’s just not about providing insurance products. It’s the whole package and that includes ensuring that:

you understand the cover that is being purchased
you see value for money through the additional value added services we can provide through our wider services with RiteTrack
we work on your behalf to ensure that claims presented are settled as quickly as possible and for the right outcomes.

Where are we?
Although our office is based in New Lynn, Auckland we have clients from Kaitaia down to Invercargill and regularly visit customers around the country.

We are active on social media, often using video to provide information on specialist subjects to our clients. Distance doesn’t prevent us from dealing with clients wherever they may be - we are just at the end of your phone, email or internet connection.
How do we operate?
We believe that our point of difference is our values and we like to work with and have clients who have similar values - honesty, integrity, hard work, and empathy.
09 827 7266
EC Credit Control | Terry Newson

The real deal, a history of small to medium businesses owners extending 30 years, covering a wide range of industry, retail, horticulture, security, property development and business management. Terry has his own battle scars as well as triumphs from years of business ownership.

Terry has learnt to listen to owners needs and tailor packages to not only solve the current issues but prevent repeats, at the same time respecting budgetary considerations.

He can assist businesses anywhere in New Zealand or Australia, when necessary he can call on his extensive network of likeminded professionals to assist.

Terry’s honest open approach continues to benefit business owners enlisting his services around Credit Control, employment, formal and subcontract agreements.  Collection of debts is another field of expertise.
The Lifeworks Co Limited | Glen Sharkey

Glen Sharkey, has almost 30 years’ experience in training and developing people. He’s the current president of The National Speakers Association of New Zealand and is the author of several books, including “Fairly Common Tales” for emerging workplace leaders. His latest work, “The Art of Persuasive Influence” has a particular focus on equipping people to be more effective in ‘courageous conversations’.

He spends most of his time these days focussing on leadership development and is repeatedly asked back to train leaders and management for some of NZ’s largest companies including Downer, KiwiRail, and Carter Holt Harvey, helping people to relate better with each other to increase productivity and effectiveness.

As an award-winning educator, Glen Sharkey thrives on the challenge of transforming team culture by equipping and empowering individuals to behave and think more responsibly and proactively!
021 990 614
myHR | Jason Ennor

MyHR is the on-demand, outsourced HR service for businesses of all sizes.

The innovative combination of world-class HR software and a dedicated team of HR experts provides businesses of 1 employee to 2,000 employees with real-time, hands-on HR and employment law support.

MyHR makes quality, tailored HR easy and accessible for every business. Fixed monthly fee. No lock-in contracts.
0800 MyHR NZ
Haven Accountants and Financial Advisors

Haven gives New Zealand businesses the knowledge, support, and tools to be better business and go further. Think of Haven as your place to come to and be inspired. Woven into our fabric is a strong desire to see you succeed because when you do, our families and communities do too. Our Haven specialists know what it takes to achieve real-world business results.  It’s our aim to help you grow your business. Haven is dedicated to bringing you world class tools, solutions and mentoring, everything you need to build your business and stay ahead of your game. We are passionate about helping your business grow. That’s what Haven is about.
0800 700 699