Steve hails from Ashburton and loves its small community feel. There is a great network of business professionals that ensure a supportive environment for the small business community.
What do you love about Small Business?
It takes some courage to learn a new set of skills to be a successful business owner. Helping these driven individuals is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
Where do you live and what do you love about your community?
I live in Ashburton with my partner, Tiffany McRae, who is a partner at Russell Moon & Fail solicitors. I was born and bred in Ashburton, studied at Canterbury University, and returned to follow my career. I love Ashburton for its small community feel. There is a great network of business professionals that ensure a supportive environment for the small business community.
Mid Canterbury is a wonderful district to live in, lakes, mountains, ski fields, and great weather for an outdoors lifestyle.
What do you do in your spare time?
In our spare time Tiffany and I are out looking for adventures. Whether it be hiking around Mt Somers, running in an organised race or mud run, and recently we have taken up rogaine / orienteering as a real test of our relationship!
Personally I love playing sport. Soccer is my staple, squash, cricket, volleyball, and anything else that’s going.
Why did you join RightWay?
I started a business in 2011, Continuous Accounting. Like most small business owners, I grafted away growing a client base, putting in the hours, growing through the pain of the first and second employee, and learned all the small business lessons first hand. The business got to a size where we risked becoming the same as all the other traditional firms in town. RightWay has provided the platform to follow on with my vision of providing tangible assistance to small businesses in Mid Canterbury. RightWay is the perfect fit in terms of their approach to business, their values and heartfelt mission “to change the world one business at a time…”
Who is your idol?
Viv Brownrigg. Viv is a Chartered Accountant who practiced in Te Puke. Viv developed an internal procedural system for performing accounting work. Viv was ahead of her time in terms of systemisation of accounting processes. Having realised the benefit to her own business, she went on to market it to other accounting firms around the country. This day and age with “Apps” and the like this seems relatively common, but in 2002 it was revolutionary for the industry. Viv has continued to be a power house mentor to chartered accountants around the country.
I love small business owners that take on the challenge, step out of their comfort zone, and say “I can do this better”