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Catherine Beard

ChargeSmart adjusts to COVID-19

ChargeSmart chief executive Nigel Broomhall was on his third trip to the US in 2020 when countries started going into COVID-19 lockdown. “I was in New York of all places,” said Nigel. Up to that point, things were running very smoothly for this entrepreneur, but when the pandemic arrived his reaction involved ‘a couple of expletives’. ChargeSmart sources electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure from Europe and installs and sells it in New Zealand. New Zealand’s EV fleet now sits around 20,000, up from 13,000 this time last year, making it an exciting sector to be in.  But COVID-19 put things

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A family’s custard square legacy

The Timaru-based Templeton family is building a custard square legacy. Denheath was originally a café, which Lisa Templeton’s parents purchased in 1996 because they loved the custard squares. In fact, Lisa’s mother Carol loved the custard square so much she believed it had potential to be sold worldwide. In 1999, when Carol became terminally ill, husband and wife team Donald and Lisa stepped in to run the business and the pair promised Carol they would take Denheath nationwide and international. “In 2000, we were a single product company offering a big unique fluffy custard square, the classic Kiwi treat that

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