Sonter Automotive

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Sonter Automotive are a locally owned family business in Wigram, Christchurch, first established in 2003. Their vision is to be the most trusted automotive workshop in New Zealand.

The team like to surround themselves with like minded people, so when owner Shane Conlan was taken out for a coffee in 2003 with Russ from Rodgers & Co, life changing decisions were made. Shane recalls the day he partnered with Rodgers & Co..
"We would not be here if Rodgers & Co hadn’t come on board, it was pivotal turning point in my career and future for my family”.

His business decisions back then were made with confidence and complete trust, having Russ steer them in a direction they never thought possible. Shane soon purchased the building and set the business up, which in hindsight was the best move ever.

“We take pride in all of our work and have built our reputation on exceptional communication, quality repairs, and being honest with our customers” says Shane. The team understand that as a customer you have the right to choose where you spend your money, and coming to Sonter Automotive means the assurance of no hidden costs, no surprises and all exceptions will be run past you first. Shane gets most of his business from word of mouth, 60% of which is commercial…

”They need to trust what we do, and we treat every job like it’s our last”.

Shane talks about the key benefits of having Rodgers & Co by their side through the thick and thin. “They take the stress out of my business, it’s as simple as that. I can just get on with what I’m good at, on the tools and looking after our customers. It’s the other side of the business I can just give to Rodgers & Co”.

During the COVID-19 lock down and following months, Andrew Pryce gave confidence to Shane that he had the knowledge and skills to keep everything afloat. The trust that has built between them now is undeniable.

Quarterly, Andrew catches up with Shane and presents a report, outlining a summary of his financial results to budget, considers non-financial and financial impacts of internal policies, discusses governance and risk mitigation strategies and supports any other business decisions required. This gives Shane great confidence in Rodgers & Co processes. “Rodgers & Co are always working behind the scenes on my business and it’s incredibly comforting that they have my back both short and long term” says Shane... “Having that extra pair of eyes is incredibly comforting for a business owner, making sure nothing can slip by.”

Shane reflects… “If I was to sum up one word that Rodgers & Co have created for me, it would be 'empowerment' “.

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Christchurch 03 348 0500

2/2 Musgrove Close,
Wigram, Christchurch

www.sonterauto.co.nz

Egmont Commercial

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Mark and Katy Packman, owners of Egmont Commercial, New Zealand's leading horticultural supplier, have been long standing clients of Rodgers & Co.

Over 26 years ago, Russ Rodgers started on the journey as their personal accountant and when they established the business 15 years ago, Russ became an integral part of the success that Egmont Commercial is today.

“We’ve developed trust and incredible respect for Rodgers & Co over the years. The responsibility and direction for the planning of our business comes down to the wealth of knowledge and expertise of Rodgers & Co. Maintaining a monthly meeting has been crucial in the success of the business. This has allowed us to drive forward with confidence having Rodgers & Co backing us along our journey. They have opened our business up to possibilities and opportunities outside of our safe zone, and their contacts have been invaluable for our growth and planning for the future. Our thought process has been challenged on many occasions and they keep us accountable.”

Expansion to offices in Auckland, and now importing from 15 countries around the world has come down to consistent goals and future planning.

“Integrity would be a word to sum up Rodgers & Co. Our success is based on our excellent team support, openness to learn and take advice and direction but mainly trust and that is why we have Rodgers & Co in our forefront on a monthly basis.”

The team at Rodgers & Co. are proud of the partnership that has continued to flourish with Egmont Commercial, and look forward to the next phase of growth for the business.

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Christchurch 03 349 5546
Auckland 09 838 2960

347 Marshs Road, Halswell, Christchurch

Email: sales@egmontnz.com

www.egmontcommercial.co.nz

Artisan Bakehouse

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Jason Scott, the owner of Artisan Bakehouse in Wigram, has a love of baking and a passion for producing quality traditionally fermented bread.

Jason Scott, owner of Artisan Bakehouse commenced his baking career doing the hard yards travelling to Ashburton from Christchurch each day to make garlic bread for ‘Cobb n Co’. From there he took on the contract, making the bread in Christchurch, then driving down to Ashburton every night to hand-deliver it. Relentless and exhausting for most, Jason had a fire in his belly and knew there were greater things in the future for him.

Five years on, Artisan Bakehouse Garlic Bread was established. Although turning over large volumes through supermarkets, Jason was just not getting to the level where he could step out of the business and work ‘on’ the business.

During this time Jason was referred to Rodgers & Co for his annual accounts, but as his business expanded, he knew it was time to really understand how his business ticked. From projections, a strategy going forward, and more support, Jason was seeking a confidence boost along with direction and advice. Rodgers & Co have continually added value in different ways, and Artisan Bakehouse has grown from strength to strength.

Every two months Jason and Andrew meet to discuss the business, reviewing targets, budgets and projects they set during the previous meeting. “It’s almost a mini snapshot of what’s happening. Easier to react after a two-month meeting than a yearly one, as by then it is too late to take action. Rodgers & Co are invested in your business, they want you to succeed. It’s not like the old days where I use to dread going to the accountant!” says Jason.

A key benefit of having Rodgers & Co as Jason’s accountant and business advisor is that if he calls or emails, his issue is dealt with quickly and professionally. “They are a great sounding board and they make it feel personal, that is they work with you rather than for you. I often get a text message from Andrew if he has noticed a supermarket chiller is half empty and he will prop up any package that is not facing the right way! I really appreciate that personal touch”.

Jason discusses different issues with Andrew, for example: what can we do with our rent, wages, taxes and wage subsidies? As it happened, following the Covid lockdown we had a turnaround with two big months.“We had held on to the subsidies for a couple of months just in case, before we discussed about giving it back”. During the Covid lockdown Jason had daily phone calls with Andrew, who he said was “Pretty much my right-hand man and during that time and our business increased by 40%. It was insane but we got through it with Andrew’s advice”.

Jason now also specialises in butters and has extended his range out to Sweet Chilli and Basil Pesto Garlic loaves.
“We are very excited about our new range of authentic sourdough garlic butter ciabattas, incredibly light and moreish, they will be hitting the supermarket chillers this Autumn.”

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Christchurch 027 277 9100

45 Sonter Rd, Wigram, Christchurch

Email: jason@artisanbakehouse.co.nz

www.artisanbakehouse.co.nz

Queen Anne

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Sarah Adams considers Rodgers & Co to be an integral part of her business and an extension of Queen Anne Chocolates

I have been involved with Rodgers & Co from the beginning of my business enterprise. When I left Ernest Adams in 1997 to set up my own business ( Sarah Adams Ltd) Russell looked after us for many years - through same challenging times. That support helped get us through to our current successes

Rodgers & Co team know the strengths and weaknesses of our business and have been able to support us through those changes. About 4 years ago we restructured our business, including changing our relationship from an annual accountancy function to an increased financial & business support. This also included the development of our monthly Board papers - a combination of financial reporting and key performance indicators. At this time we updated our financial package to Xero, which allowing the Rodgers & Co team to access and be actively involved in our financials on a day-to-day basis. Andrew Pryce took over as our financial and business consultant at this time and has worked closely with us since

Andrew & I have a formal Compass Advisory Board meeting on a monthly basis to review the financials before presenting to our Queen Anne Board. This has given us a level of financial structure which we didn’t have previously. Rodgers & Co provide us meeting facilities for when we have Christchurch based board meetings and Andrew regularly reports to our Board.

We have had a long relationship with Rodgers & Co, they have supported us through the change from contract manufacturing to setting up our own factory. Since our restructuring I have been freed up to focus on NPD and developing the business, with the confidence of having a strong financial support from Andrew his team. As a result of our restructuring and my focus on NPD Queen Anne has experienced significant growth year-on-year growth and I credit Rodgers & Co input ( especially Andrew as our financial consultant) for helping us achieve that. Now they are helping us manage a new set of challenges from that high growth.

I consider Andrew plus Rodgers & Co to be an integral part of our business and an extension of our Queen Anne team

 

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Christchurch 0800 QueenA ( 0800 783 362)

+64 3 357 0085

Email: orders@queenanne.co.nz

www.queenanne.co.nz

Rodgers & Co

Christchurch

Office Address
6E Pope Street, Addington,
Christchurch 8011

Postal Address
PO Box 29 189, Riccarton,
Christchurch 8440

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