Business South May 2021

102 | OTAGO BUSINESS AWARDS RenoMasters Awards win a feather in the cap Andrew Elliot: “It grew very quickly. Within eight months I had three staff.” PLACEMAKERS DUNEDIN & MOSGIEL PLACEMAKERSDUNEDIN & MOSGIEL 86 PORTSMOUTH DRIVE & 34 CARNCROSS ST (03) 466 4617 PROUDLY SUPPORTING RENOMASTERS • PLUMBING • DRAINAGE • ELECTRICAL • GASFITTING - Book Online Now! Dunedin 03 477 0077 Central Otago 03 445 4916 Proud to support RenoMasters House and Roof Painting Otago KOWHAI Interior & Exterior Painting ∙ Roof Painting 027 495 3319 Proudly associated with RenoMasters T Russell Fredric W inning the 2020 Otago Westpac Business Awards emerging busi- ness award is an endorsement of both RenoMasters business vision and the dedication of its staff, owner/director Andrew Elliott says. RenoMasters has been recognised for its significant growth from a new business only three years ago to a million dollar turnover and from a single operator to a core team of twelve, supported by a significant sub-contrac- tor base. The business has grown into a profession- ally branded company producing work to a high standard, backed by strong systems and processes with well structured training. Andrew credits RenoMaster’s staff with much of the award recognition. “The staff have basically done all the work; they are the face at the end of the day, they are the client experience,” Andrew says. The company is also fortunate to have an excellent sub-contractor team covering all building related trades with great people skills and who relate well with its clients. As landlords themselves, currently and before starting RenoMasters, Andrew and his wife Andrea understand the needs of property investors and home owners who need renova- tion and repair work completed. The business initially started by the couple identifying a business opportunity for this type of work, especially smaller jobs, with Andrew starting on his own three years ago with a few tools and a van. After just two months and the creation of a brand, Andrew started employing tradesmen as the small jobs led to larger projects. “It grew very quickly. Within eight months I had three staff.” As a professionally run business, Reno- Masters are Registered Master Builders and Licensed Building Practitioners and in addition to having a strong focus on the quality of staff it employs and trains, each project is profes- sionally managed to ensure and on-time and within budget result. In order to achieve this, RenoMasters offers a carefully structured and well managed step-by-step process with no surprises, from initial contact, site visit and design process to construction and completion. With its reputation solidly established, Re- nomasters is facing unprecedented demand with a high volume of present and future work on its books. The economy, including a pool of money normally spent on overseas travel being put into house projects along with record low interest rates are significant factors, Andrew says. “They are spending that sort of money internally rather than externally. It’s a perfect storm really.” As well as renovations, RenoMasters can undertake a variety of other work including decks and fences, insulation, wallpapering and painting. With homes relatively affordable compared to the rest of New Zealand, Dunedin is a great place to buy and renovate, Andrew says. Not prepared to rest in the afterglow of the business’ growth and early success, he has more big plans in progress with the purchase of an 800 square metre commercial building which is being converted into a major renova- tion hub. “It’s called the RenoStation and it will house our staff as well as other aligned businesses such as architects, a finance company, an inte- rior decorator, a real estate agent, a property management business, kitchen and bathroom displays and obviously the building aspect.” This concept means clients will be able to conveniently obtain all these services under one roof from the planned opening around August this year. “The staff have basically done all the work; they are the face at the end of the day, they are the client experience.”