Matthew Carr-Gomm has sold the NZ Geeks on Wheels business to husband and wife team Matt Woolston and Cathy Empson, with new owner Matt taking over as CEO. Geeks on Wheels started up in Wellington in 2005 and has grown into a nationwide business, with 40+ mobile technicians across all the main centres completing over 500 jobs a week.
Ingvar Kamprad, 91 year-old founder of the IKEA empire, passed away in southern Sweden in late January. He founded the IKEA in 1943, when he was just 17, with what the company calls “a vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people”. Ikea originally sold small consumer goods door to door, but by 1948 had shifted to a mail-order model selling furniture.
Graeme and Hayley Thomson’s former Betta Electrical KeriKeri business is now “fully dressed” in its new Applianceplus branding. Further south, the Waipapa Shopping Centre operation has been joined in adopting the Applianceplus banner by David Gray and Smyths Living in Dunedin, effective 1 February.