Busy businesswomen take on Christchurch challenges

Date: 5th August 2014

The Christchurch rebuild is bringing new business opportunities. Many of these opportunities, not surprisingly, are centred around designing, building and re-settling families into new homes.  We recently talked to two hard working businesswomen who have risen to the challenge in Christchurch and taken on demanding sales jobs.  They are both very busy but are staying at the top of their game by concentrating on their clients while Findlay and Co take care of their books.

Jo McIntosh, Real Estate Agent for Bayleys, Christchurch

Jo has lived all her life in Darfield. When Jo started in real estate a couple of years ago, it was fairly quiet. But with growth due to the Christchurch rebuild and the Fonterra plant construction, she has watched her home town’s growth explode, and her business with it!

Jo says:

My business is very people focused; it requires a lot of energy. I don’t want to be dragged down by the paperwork. I’ve had other business before so I understand the paperwork, but I don’t want to waste time on it.

My former accountant was a little old school, not so easy to approach. It’s really different with Findlay & Co. I can ask Kerry anything and it’s not like I’m annoying her.

I don’t feel constant worry.

Paula Duncan, Contract Sales Consultant for Stonewood Homes, Christchurch

Paula Duncan is a busy lady. With a job centred around the Christchurch rebuild, it’s not unusual for her to be pulling 90 hour weeks. Not only is she liaising with clients on house plans, she spends a lot of time in the office. Paula’s job requires a vast knowledge of everything from home design, to building foundations, to the insurance process. The last thing she wants to think about is debits and credits. And that’s where Findlay & Co come in!

Paula says:

I met Findlay and Co through a business group when I first started in 2013. Sonya set everything up for me, she took care of everything. Kerry is my support person and she watches my Xero activity. It’s very simple, if needed I can ring them and they can fix things for me.

I’m a sole trader, my business is very small but Findlay and Co treat me like I’m special. They are fantastic for first time business owners. They suit me just fine!


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