We know that being in business can sometimes seem like you are dealing with dozens of faceless, BIG companies, but the 09 Collective is different - our exhibitors are just like you - they know that the landscape of business ownership is tough, they know that you have to choose incredible products a=that your customers will love & that will sell well, we asked our exhibitors some questions about their businesses - here is the lowdown!
Meet our Christchurch event exhibitors - Brenda fro NZ Gourmet Gift
What does your job entail?
My job is vast and various. From creating product recipes, designing private labels, communicating with customers, printing labels, labelling products, packing orders, etc – I love it because it affords me the privilege of being across all aspects of my business that touch my customers.
What activities set you up best for creative inspiration for your business?
I love to flick through gourmet food mags from around the world, watch food shows and enjoy regular conversations with friends in business. 20 years of experience in this business helps a bit too!
Best piece of advice you’ve been given in business?
Listen, listen, listen and ask lots of questions. And always remember your why.
What is a great lesson from businesses that stock your brand?
As my business is based on private labelling for independent retailers, through this I have learnt the importance to my customers of loyalty and exclusivity from their suppliers.
How do you switch off from work? Can you?
A large glass of wine and spending precious time with friends
How do you plan the year ahead for your business?
I fly by the seat of my pants! Ideas and inspiration land in my head out of the blue.
What has been hardest about the last 3 years in business?
Government controls have impacted seriously on everyone in business over the last 3 years and together with supply chain issues it has been challenging but with the point of difference in my business I have been fortunate to get through and kept my head above water! My customers have been fantastic with their ongoing support.
What have you been enjoying most about the last 3 years in business?
Having the golden opportunity of taking time to restore, recharge and regroup considering and developing some new and different approaches to my business around how to operate moving forward successfully.
Hardest business lesson you’ve learnt
That banging your head against a brick wall for too long will give you a headache! Know when to let go.
What is something you love things about being in The 09 Collective (or the idea of for newbies!?)
The very word ‘Collective’ resonates for me with cohesion, connection and camaraderie. I’m delighted to be joining this group of amazing people!
If you could choose 3 products from another 09 Collective Brand - what would they be?
Divine soaps and candles from Tilley
The fabulous inspirational range in Collective Hub
Stunning jewellery from The Mint Republic