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Timaru firm constructing a solid future
Harding Construction managing director Simon Harding and general manager Heather Harding, celebrate their award for best company culture at the recent Asia Pacific Business Awards.
The owners of a South Canterbury construction firm are feeling positive about the future, after a recent accolade gave them some added impetus.
Timaru firm Harding Construction is in its fourth year of operation in the commercial, industrial and residential building sectors.
General manager Heather Harding said the business had enjoyed a strong 2016, having been involved in some eye-catching local projects.
"We were proud to complete the main carpentry tender for The Landings on Elizabeth St. This has been our most high profile project and brought us into the public eye. It went very well for us and we received excellent feedback from all involved."
Harding said the firm had been given an added boost thanks to a recent award for 'Best Business Culture' at the Asia Pacific Business Excellence Awards, held on Australia's Gold Coast on February 5, 6 and 7.
She said the award had recognised a working culture which saw the company deliver its projects on time, on budget, and with no added surprises.
"All company activity is measured against those goals and values. This ensures successful project management and delivery as well as effective in-house operations and a positive work environment.
"We always wanted to take care to develop the systems and procedures and the whole concept of who we are and what we do. This confirms we are going about it in a robust fashion."
The awards had been run by ActionCOACH, a business consultancy which had been offering support and advice to the builder for the past three years.
Harding said alongside the awards there had been a forum, designed to make businesses analyse how they operated.
She admits that when the concept of the forum was first explained to her she thought it sounded "very touchy feely".
However, Harding said she realised that "if we worked out the heart of who we are that was going to drive the way we do business".
"We always wanted to take care to develop the systems and procedures and the whole concept of who we are and what we do. This confirms we are going about it in a robust fashion.
"We have developed strong business relationships and repeat clients. We are also being sought out more frequently. This only comes from hard work and consistent delivery of high quality service. That's certainly something we're very proud of."