5 Kiwi Entrepreneurs Living Their Dream In London 10 Oct 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 Apr 2018 Environment
30 April 2018 Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor launched Biosecurity New Zealand at the Zealandia... more
30 Apr 2018 News
30 April 2018 Auckland Council is to be congratulated for this afternoon voting 15-2 in favour of the regional fuel tax, Transport... more
30 Apr 2018 Business News
30 April 2018 Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri today welcomed the signing of a partnership between New Zealand Customs and dairy... more
30 May 2018 Arts
Indie-pop trio nomad have left New Zealand behind to tour internationally for the first time. NZNewsUK London Editor Charlotte Everett... more
12 Feb 2018 Property
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 The Government's housing stocktake report released today adds no new knowledge or... more
12 Feb 2018 Property
12 FEBRUARY 2018 An independent stocktake of New Zealand’s housing sector has found the housing crisis the country faces is deeper... more
26 Jan 2018 Migration
26 JANUARY 2018 Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has today announced the four community-based organisations who will be the... more
22 Feb 2018 Travel & Tourism
International visitor spending reached a record high of $10.6 billion in the year to December 2017, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis... more
28 Aug 2017 Travel & Tourism
Tourism fund for infrastructure and conservation Posted by Kris Faafoi on August 28, 2017 Labour will estaba Tourism and... more
13 Mar 2018 Rugby
12 March 2018 France's upset victory over England in the Six Nations at the weekend was the perfect result for the All... more
22 Feb 2018 Sport
New Zealand has tripled its Olympic Winter Games medal count in a single stunning afternoon at PyeongChang 2018. Zoi... more
11 Nov 2016 Opinion
Gordon Campbell on the Gareth Morgan crusade First published on Werewolf The ghastly likes of Marine Le Pen in France and Geert ... more
30 Apr 2018 Appointments
30 April 2018 Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced new chairs to lead Auckland’s three District Health Boards. The... more
8 Mar 2018 Recruitment
8 MARCH 2018 Minister of Employment Willie Jackson today visited the Auckland CBD Jobs and Skills Hub and the Southern Initiative in... more