The Small Business Tauranga steering committee is a small and highly effective group of volunteer entrepreneurs who help to direct and run Small Business Tauranga under the umbrella of Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.
If you are interested in joining the Small Business Tauranga committee, please email Steven Farrant here – Chairman, Small Business Tauranga.
Steven is an experienced business owner/operator, general manager and marketer, primarily focused in property and retail, with national and international experience. Steven currently operates Keith Hay Homes in the Bay of Plenty, as well as his own business consultancy.
Since arriving in NZ (from UK) Steven founded, operated and ultimately sold Candles of New Zealand and Flicker Candle Emporium. During this seven-year period he worked closely with the Chamber and other key organisations. Steven was awarded the Rocket! Young Business Owner Award in 2011 and Westpac Business Awards for Social Responsibility/Community Service (Winner) and Innovation (Finalist) in 2010. Steven also represented Tauranga in the ICEHOUSE Business Owners programme. Steven is also a Board Member of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.
Zita founded INfuzed three years ago with the view to support business owners throughout their business adventure. It is through her previous work in many different markets and industries that has given Zita the leading edge in understanding what it takes to educate, empower & equip business owners and sales people for continuous growth. Zita has been involved in speaking events throughout the BOP and is guaranteed to deliver an energy packed session that will get you moving out of your seat and taking action for your business.
Zita joined the SBT committee as a way of ‘giving back’ to the business community. “By collaborating with other business owners, together we can develop and deliver relevant business support services that SME’s can use to flourish their business to the next level of growth,” says Zita.
With a background in media, Sue started Messenger Marketing NZ when she moved up to Tauranga from Palmerston North in April 2018. Messenger Marketing NZ is a social media marketing agency which builds chat bots within facebook messenger. She also works for SunMedia selling advertising.
Sue’s experience prior to moving to the Mount included selling newspaper and digital advertising for Fairfax Media and NZME, SeeMe Media selling advertising on billboard, buses and cinema, Giggle TV and social media management for small businesses. She also has lots of experience in video production and people photography, especially Facebook live videos.
For more than 10 years, Arron has owned and managed a fast-growing website development company. Arron and his team work closely with customers to help them grow online sales via e-commerce, and they build online platforms that generate leads. Some highly experienced people have joined the Bravesight team recently with a focus on research and insights, marketing strategy, and graphic design.
Arron was asked to join the SBT Committee and decided it was something that resonated with him, as he started his business from the kitchen table and now works with a large, multi-talented team and a diverse range of clients. He understands the struggles that many small businesses and not-for-profits face, and brings that experience to the table.
Lillian is an experienced marketing specialist, qualified leadership coach and director of her two businesses, Marketing on Demand and Animal Outfitters. Her marketing career has spanned marketing leadership in large global organisations, to the launch of her own e-commerce start up.
Upon moving to Tauranga in 2016 she created Marketing on Demand, a flexible marketing consulting service for businesses that don’t have dedicated marketing expertise in-house. Marketing on Demand exists to help business owners make better business decisions and get the most out if their marketing spend and activity.
Lillian joined the SBT committee because she’s motivated to help the Small Business Tauranga network grow by helping as many small businesses as possible build their capability, access support and thrive.
With a background in architecture and industrial design, Ash brings a unique perspective to design drawing on structure and critical thinking to inform all the fun, right-brained things—a bit of a rarity among creatives. Ash is new to Tauranga, and even more recently decided to take the leap and start up her own bespoke graphic design company, Finick Creative.
New to the community and to business, Ash sees how important it is to build authentic relationships. Finick is a self-proclaimed ‘little guy’ that knows the challenges of getting started, and sees Small Business Tauranga as a platform to pay it forward; to support all the other ‘little guys’ in the community to create their own compelling and thoughtful brands.