Wellington-based small business Method Recycling have won the $50,000 Westpac Growth Grant for 2016!
The company, co-founded by husband and wife team Steven and India Korner, creates stylish and functional recycling options for corporate offices.
Even though they’ve only been operating for a couple of years, they have already had great success, with customers in Australia,
“We’re a bit blown away to be honest”, Steven says. “We were privileged to being the top 6, but to take out the $50k, we’re pretty humbled by it.”
India agrees. “It will make such a difference to our business. We’ve got a good product and to really push it to the next level, it’s just amazing.”
Steve and India spent three years designing the perfect rubbish bin for the modern and environmentally conscious corporate. Not only are the bins super stylish, but their stations are also easily customised so customers choose how many recycle bins they need, which recycling streams, and where they want them.
Steven says the Growth Grant will go towards their exporting goals to Australasia, and hopefully further afield too.
Helping Kiwi businesses grow
The Westpac Business Growth Grants was set up in 2015 to help upcoming Kiwi businesses reach their potential by gifting them $40k cash and $10k to spend on advertising.
Applications were open to SMEs that had been operating successfully (with a turnover of anywhere up to $5 million) and have a plan to grow it. Over 430 applications came through, which the judges whittled down to 6, each of whom presented to a panel of industry experts in Auckland last night.
Method stood out from the pack, with Westpac’s GM Corporate & Institutional Bank and head judge Karen Silk saying they were impressed by Method’s strategic vision, governance structure, and clinical approach to their business development and the future.
“When we looked at their presentation,” said Silk before announcing the winner, “we really believe that them being beneficiaries of this award will have a marked impact on their rate of growth, and it will measurably facilitate their achievement of their objectives.”
Providing award winning office recycling bins where and when you need them, Method Recycling create stylish and functional recycling options for corporate offices.
A beautiful way to promote sustainability, the designed and made in New Zealand Method bins have been called the "Dyson of Office Recycling”.
The beauty of the Method system is not only are they super stylish, but their stations are also easily customised. Customers choose how many recycle bins they need, which recycling streams, and where they want them.
Connectors lock the bins together to form a station, and a patented mechanism locks and hides the plastic bag.
Method bins have many advantages over other types of bins, such as:
- Visible – promote recycling, don’t hide it
- Open plan – avoids expensive cabinetry
- Good looking – modern aesthetic
- Flexible – number of bins and position can change
- Saves cleaners time – users, not cleaners, sort waste
- Easy to service – patented bag retainer invisibly holds plastic liner to stop it falling in
Method have worked with a variety of blue chip New Zealand companies. They also export to Australia, where their customers include Lendlease for their office in their new Barangaroo Development in Sydney and Atlassian.