The Icehouse has been helping New Zealand’s business community grow since 2001

The Icehouse has been helping New Zealand’s business community grow since 2001. It does this through knowledge, connection and investment – lifting the capabilities and aspirations of owners, entrepreneurs and people who run start-ups and SME businesses to enable them to take their businesses forward.

Business owners and leaders are consistently adapting to the ever-changing needs of the market, and their business, at the various stages of maturity. Individuals also need time at different growth stages to reflect, reset and develop to push the business forward to the next phase of success.

The Icehouse answers these needs by offering a range of programmes, workshops and coaching opportunities – providing market-relevant best-practice content delivered by industry experts and inspiring business leaders.

In 2010, Stephen met The Icehouse’s then CEO, Andy Hamilton, at a Japanese New Zealand Business Council event. After getting to know Andy and learning more about The Icehouse, a natural partnership developed.

Since 2015, Stephen has provided funds for five scholarships to the Owner Manager Programme and 15 further scholarships to the Leadership Development Programme. Stephen completed his Owner Manager Programme in 2017.

The Owner Manager Programme is specifically created for high-calibre business owners in businesses with more than 15 full-time employees and $3m+ in revenue, who want to develop a better awareness of what drives business growth and understand how analysis and fine-tuning can solve business problems. It combines the very best academic teaching and practical learning to develop a unique experience which has a huge and immediate impact.

The Leadership Development Programme is the only programme in New Zealand developed specifically for senior leaders in mid-sized, Kiwi owner-managed business who report directly to an owner or director, or who want to expand their general business, leadership and people management skills. Case studies, real-world examples, business tools and frameworks are used to help participants apply this learning to their business situation.

The Icehouse is grateful for the continued support shown by Stephen and Asset Insurance Partners. ‘The thing about partnerships is that there is no one else in New Zealand who comes close to delivering what The Icehouse delivers. Simply, they’re the go-to people, it is a first-class operation,’ says Stephen.

‘A lot of courses out there are very rigid. You’ll get: “Find the answer to that problem on page 26 or on this website”. That’s not really training to me. The Icehouse honours the fact that it’s about you; your thought-process, your ideas, your strategies and your business.’

“The thing about partnerships is that there is no one else in New Zealand who comes close to delivering what The Icehouse delivers.

Simply, they’re the go-to people, it is a first-class operation,’ says Stephen.