When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!

I have been trying to summarise a year as crazy as this and the above seems to be the best analogy I can find. 

What a ride!!

It was Worchem’s first birthday last week and I thought I’d take a moment to reflect what a year it has been!  It’s not that I was on the end of my rope but a year of being absolutely at the edge of my comfort zone. The learning and growth as a business has been huge!!

When Covid hit in mid March, things changed from business as usual to helping as many New Zealand businesses, schools and homes keep themselves, their staff and their families safe and moving forward through a pandemic.  We started and continue to work with a large range of people and businesses from industries such as education, construction, transport, agricultural and healthcare in order to keep them open, moving and safe throughout the pandemic from Northland to Southland.

It has been a trial by fire in how to run a business. We have been in the deep end of learning about marketing strategies, stock management and a multitude of other aspects.  However, through all this, we have been steadfast in our commitment to exceptional service and supplying high quality products. 

We have been working hard with our tablet form of disinfection to remove the risk to users of cleaning and disinfecting with harsher products.  Simple and exact dilution (you only have to measure water volume), a low weight product, and a low risk chemical solution, while keeping things cost effective for businesses are some of the benefits to our clients. 

A real highlight was talking to the New Zealand Aged Care Association in November, where I (terrifyingly) had the privilege to talk to the 400 attendees. It was my first conference, where I learnt an incredible amount about a massive industry.  It is an industry who handled the biggest challenge with forward thinking, resolve and determination to do what was the right thing for their community, staff and family.  From how they managed the pandemic and what I learnt at the conference, there no doubt the industry is in great hands.

I’d also take a moment to thank all of those who have supported, helped and mentored me through this process.  My wife, family, mentor, friends, and everyone else who has helped in any way.   It’s been fun, crazy, scary, and awesome and I couldn’t have done with out you all.

It takes a village to raise a child.  This year our village built a business!

I look forward to leading Worchem into year two and 2021, the potential is always expanding as I learn more from my clients.  I can’t to see what I get to write about in 12 months time.  We’ll be the people still hanging on the edge of our comfort zone and hanging on to our knot!

What a year, what a ride and thank you!

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