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The ICEHOUSE receives a warm reception in Hawke’s Bay

The ICEHOUSE receives a warm reception in Hawke’s Bay

Business growth engine for New Zealand, The ICEHOUSE officially launched in Hawke’s Bay last night.

More than 200 Hawke’s Bay business owners and members of local organisations gathered at Mission Estate to celebrate the launch.

ICEHOUSE CEO Andrew Hamilton says the organisation is on a mission to help New Zealand businesses grow.

“In an effort to help more Kiwi organisations to lift their business performance, Hawke’s Bay is the second region The ICEHOUSE will be operating from, with others to follow.

The ICEHOUSE will offer expertise, networks and access to funding for SMEs and start-ups. No matter what stage a business is at, we want to be involved” he says.

Hamilton acknowledges the importance of creating a local resource for business owners and says having The ICEHOUSE operating in Hawke’s Bay will allow for greater networking and growth opportunities for organisations.

“We understand there are only so many people who will get on a plane to participate in a programme so we want to make things easier for business by operating as a local resource.”

“There’s already a heartbeat in Hawke’s Bay among our alumni and by opening permanently – we provide the glue around local business to create a wider and stronger network with a stronger heartbeat,” he says.

The ICEHOUSE is hitting the ground running and will be offering Hawke’s Bay business owners its Achieving Business Growth Workshop in May and Owner Operator Programme in June amongst other tailored programme options.

The ICEHOUSE engaged with over 100 local businesses and a number of local stakeholders including Business Hawke’s Bay, the Chamber of Commerce, Local Council, NZTE Business Advisors and Local Ministers during the process it undertook to determine whether the move to Hawke’s Bay was viable.

The company is working with its long term partner BNZ to use its Partner Centre premises to run programmes and operations from.

“We’ve worked with BNZ for more than 10 years, we have a solid relationship and we wouldn’t be able to operate regionally without their support, they share our passion and drive to make New Zealand a better place for business growth” says Hamilton.

Day to day operations for ICEHOUSE Hawke’s Bay will be led by Regional Manager Michaela Vodanovich who will work closely with Business Hawke’s Bay and other partners like BNZ to deliver value to local business.

Business owners can call Michaela Vodanovich on 021 365 678 to find out how they can work with The ICEHOUSE.
Notes to the editor:
More information about The ICEHOUSE and The ICEHOUSE Hawke’s Bay can be found online: or
Named one of the top 10 business growth hubs in the world by Forbes magazine, the ICEHOUSE is a business growth centre focused on developing owner-managers and entrepreneurs who will shape the future of New Zealand’s economy. The organisation provides advice and funding for start-ups, a series of learning & development & coaching programmes for owner managed businesses and access to networks and talent that enable the businesses to achieve their growth aspirations.
The ICEHOUSE is backed by the financial support and expertise of the University of Auckland Business School, BNZ, HP, NZTE, Gen-I, Telecom, Ernst & Young, A-Teed, KPMG, JB Were, Microsoft, AJ Park, Paul Diver and Associates and Grafton Consulting Group. Since 2001 The ICEHOUSE has worked with over 4,500 ambitious owner managers – from start-ups to established multi-million dollar companies.
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