5 Kiwi Entrepreneurs Living Their Dream In London   10 Oct 2017

Emma Creese

 

With a number 8 wire mentality embedded in the New Zealand psyche, it shouldn't be a surprise that there are a number of Kiwi entrepreneurs making a success of their dreams by turning them into businesses in the UK capital.

All featuring the practical 'can do' attitude that New Zealanders are known for, as well as a hard working ethos and seeing a need in the market for their unique services, the below 5 entrepreneurs aren't just big dreamers, they are successful Kiwis in London.

 

Mike Meehan - The Pie Cart / Secret Goldmine Cafe

In 2010 Mike decided that he could definitely improve upon the quality of pies in the UK, and seven years later runs a bustling business based in Bermondsey supplying homesick Kiwis with their favourite pastry snack. He simply started by selling the handmade products at farmers markets, branching out to supplying local delis, pubs and cafes, in time expanding the range to include scotch eggs, croquettes and sausage rolls.

When he relocated the Pie Cart bakery to an arch in Bermondsey, he always had in mind to keep some space at the front to dedicate to a coffee shop where locals, fellow arch businesses, tourists, market visitors and beer mile crawlers could all get a spot of lunch and a killer flat white. And, that is how the Secret Goldmine Cafe on Old Jamaica Road was born. The coffee shop is constantly evolving and developing, with exciting evening events being planned for the future.

 

Bronwyn Mayho - The BookWagonUK

Wanting to share their passions for reading with many generations of families, Bronnie and her husband Bob created Bookwagon after long and happy careers in other areas - teaching and public policy. They wanted to provide opportunities for every child to build a reading habit through recommending and selling only the highest quality children’s books, handpicked from thousands that they read.

As a small and very hands-on business they share quality children’s books to families through the online Bookwagon shop, directly to school book fairs and popup events, and by bringing authors and illustrators into schools, including practical support and book sales for those special events.

 

Rebecca Blandford - Zeal & Heart

Running away from the corporate life in New Zealand as an accountant specialising in tax legislation in favour of Northern hemisphere adventure, Rebecca has developed a rich life for herself, full of culture, the occasional escapade and far too many flat whites to count.

Not only starting a highly regarded expat blog and constructing a London coffee app, she has also launched a jewellery business in her limited spare time. Hand engraving quotes onto limited edition pendants in her London apartment, she wants to inspire and support expats by letting them know that they definitely aren't alone in the trials and tribulations of expat lives. She has started big, already launching collaborations featuring popular bloggers and pendants that donate a percentage of proceeds to the mental health charity Mind.

 

Clint Heine - Kiwis In London

Originally a careers advisor, Clint began the infamous Facebook group Kiwis In London as a helpful place for Kiwis new to the London landscape. By sharing life essentials like jobs, flats and where to find the ingredients for Onion Dip, the once part-time hobby has blossomed into a full-time career for Clint. 

It has also become an essential free resource for the 68,000 people that follow the recommendations, help to find them their own piece of London and introduce them to fun networking events - and these Kiwis in London have even allowed in an Aussie or two.

 

Paul Macdonald - SANZA / Southern Foods

In the 2000s Paul launched SANZA originally as a community website for antipodeans. With the resulting popularity, a shop function was added that allows expats in the UK and Europe to buy their favourite treats, their families abroad to send them care packages and businesses to purchase these popular treats wholesale.

These days the community website has lapsed, but ever since he and his team have been running a busy import operation and warehouse in North London. The business is always looking to help expats enjoy their lives so far from home - whether it be with a taste of Lolly Cake or simply an ice cold beer at the end of the day. 

 

 

Author bio:

Emma is a wanderlusting Kiwi who moved to the UK for a couple of years, and a decade later finds herself still there with no plans to return home permanently. By day she is a freelance social media consultant, and every other spare moment tends to Adventures as a London Kiwi, her luxury travel and food blog charting all of the escapades that she can fit in with a side of uniqueness. 

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