Keola announced as Small Business of the Year 2013
Earlier this year, Keola won at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards… and now we’ve won another award!
Last week Keola won the Best Small Business Award at the Westpac Auckland West Business Awards – and were also Finalists in the Excellence in Innovation Award.
Business owner Sanjesh Lal says: “I entered these Awards not expecting to win: all I was looking for was some feedback from the Judges, and to get benchmarked against other businesses. I had a feeling we were doing some things well, but there are always improvements to be made, and it’s those improvements I want to focus on. Winning the Best Small Business Award is a huge boost for the whole team – it shows that we’re heading in the right direction.”
Keola started up in difficult economic times
Keola was founded in 2007, just as the global recession was starting.
“If you ever need a challenge, start a house building company in a recession, when people aren’t even building a fence,” says Sanjesh.
Sanjesh’s hard work has paid off. He says, “Starting a business in such adverse conditions means you have to plan your finances and cash flow very carefully. Likewise, getting all your internal systems and processes running efficiently is essential: time is money, and every little incremental change makes a difference to the bottom line. Because we had these extreme challenges from Day One, it’s forced us to work smart as well as hard.”
Keola thrives on the challenges of difficult conditions – and difficult sites
Keola is no stranger to hard work, as its core business is designing and building luxury architectural homes on steep and difficult sections in Auckland. Often, these are sections that other builders have refused to build on, or deemed too expensive to build on.
For example, Keola has built houses where:
- 2/3 of the building platform is over a creak;
- On extremely steep sites that have geotechnical and structural issues;
- On rock foundations where special foundation systems were needed;
- Over old underground streams that have been filled in.