It’s been a busy last few months for our clients. Here are just a few highlights that show there’s plenty of good news on the business front:
- At the conclusion of a 20 month procurement project run jointly with KiwiRail, Auckland Transport has signed supply and maintenance contracts with Spanish train manufacturer, CAF, to buy 57 three car electric units. The new trains will begin carrying Auckland commuters from the end of 2013.
- Airline management system provider, Merlot Aero, has received a significant new investment from Air Asia.
- Online driver training provider, SharpDrive, has signed corporate sponsorship deals with ANZ Banking Group and Mazda.
- Innovative cereal manufacturer, Smartfoods, continues to grow the value of the Vogels muesli range while increasing exports of product to Australia, Asia and the USA. Founders Justin Hall and Vicky Taylor were featured in the latest issue of Idealogue magazine.
- James Madelin’s photography equipment company, Enlight Photo, was the winner of $200,000 of new funding in the University of Auckland Business School’s 2011 Entrepreneurs Challenge.
- Kate Billing and Paul Leacock, the founders of employment brand specialists Blacksmith, have launched a new recruitment company – Talent Magnet.
- The ultra energy efficient central heating system launched by Heatbox is now available nationwide in all 64 Placemakers stores, is being trialled by a market leading home ventilation system and has also been involved in a pilot for Auckland Council to heat its “Homes for Older People” on the North Shore.
- Konnect continues to make the press – as the fastest growing technology company outside the TIN 100 – and with the launch of its new services for the insurance broker market. Its Australian investment in Pen Computer Systems and Oxygen Services (a joint venture with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) is making waves in the e-health market.
- Affinity ID has sold the online sports tipping game Jimungo to APN Online with the deal closing just before the Rugby World Cup got started.