Dene Mackenzie

NZ's third mobile phone network due in August

New Zealand's much-awaited third mobile phone network has been renamed 2degrees and is now expected to be launched in August.

Identify your product and market

Identify your product and market

Training provider Jacque Aldridge takes a pragmatic approach when she is called in to provide mentoring assistance to a business having difficulties - she asks them two questions.

Confidential help available for businesses under stress

Business owners under stress are being urged not to bottle up their problems but to take advantage of some local business advice available to them.

Postie Plus defies trend

Nationwide E retailer Postie Plus has defied the downturn to finish the three months ended April with growth in sales and margin and increased market share.

Clients 'interests wide and varied'

Mike Ferrari estimates he has been associated with about 260 businesses during his many years as a business mentor in Otago.

Contact opportunity despite decline

Contact opportunity despite decline

Latest figures appear to support warnings that price rises and a debacle over directors' fees would turn customers off Contact Energy but broker indications suggest it may be an opportune time for potential investors.

Review: Beatlemaniacs have audience dancing in aisles

It must be a difficult job selecting which song you wish to include in an anthology tour repertoire when you are paying tribute to one of the world's most influential bands.

'Lean and agile' aim for tech cluster

'Lean and agile' aim for tech cluster

The Dunedin City Council economic development unit is encouraging businesses in Dunedin to join the "circle of trust". The Otago Daily Times, together with the economic development unit, is providing some ideas for businesses to consider in this series. This week, Business Editor Dene Mackenzie looks at the benefits of "clusters".

Maori business network has growth potential

Dunedin accountant Phil Broughton is an unashamed enthusiast for the success being generated by the Southern Maori Business Network (Kuma).

A pointless pastime and some aimless chatter

Under the column headed "Too much time on his hands" comes the story from Australia about a Melbourne man who has completed a six-month-long mission to turn maps into art.