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With the importance of all things digital to virtually all our businesses these days, the February/March Waikato Business News has a strong IT theme.

Geoff Taylor

We celebrate the launch of Cultivate IT and the success of the inaugural Waikato Technological Showcase at Innovation Park. Congratulations to the instigators of the Cultivate IT cluster which will enable the region’s IT businesses, while still competing in many cases obviously, to work together to pitch for significant contracts or R & D funding.  Waikato has some incredible talent in the sector and it’s heartening to see such collaboration occurring.

This IT theme is continued as Andrea Fox looks at future trends fast approaching, courtesy of a briefing from KPMG executive chairman Ross Buckley. The impact of population trends, digital disruption, changing job markets and robots on our businesses in the near future will be profound. Disturbingly, surveys are showing most of us simply aren’t ready for what is to come.

Other stories include a profile of Hansa Chippers, a business established in a back yard shed in Ohaupo which is now a world class design and manufacturing company exporting half of its production.

We continue last edition’s focus on the Waikato building boom by profiling two Waikato building companies leading the way. Te Rapa-based Design Builders specialises in custom designed one off builds. The company’s success is due in part to longstanding relationships with sub contractors and suppliers and a structure which sees the company share design, accounting, marketing and website resources with other Design Builders companies around New Zealand.

Meanwhile Paul and Sue Kingsbeer,  in partnership with builders in other main centres are creating a nationwide brand with Steel Shed Systems by identifying a need to create  design and build solutions in the rural/commercial market.

If you have a success story to share, please let us know.  Waikato Business News would love to tell it.

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Geoff Taylor

Waikato Business News editor Geoff Taylor. Email: geoff@wbn.co.nz

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