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The Icehouse delivers scholarships to Kiwi business owners

The five business owners to receive The Icehouse’s Owner Manager Programme Scholarship have been announced.

These recipients will obtain up to 25% of the cost of the programme, the 36th of its kind The Icehouse has held.

Funded by Graham and Anne Catley - founders of Stolthaven Australasia; Impact Capital Management; Bernie and Kaye Crosby from Prolife Foods; and The Icehouse, The Scholarship Programme is designed to enable more owner-managers to attend the event.

Recipients were selected from a multitude of industries including retail, business services, trade, agriculture, and education.

Criteria for the applications were $3 million or more turnover, with a significant opportunity and ambition for growth, and equity stake in and management control of the business.

Special consideration was also given to under 35 year olds, females, exporters and people from diverse groups.

Andy Hamilton, The Icehouse CEO, says he’s looking forward to seeing the impact the programme will have on the five worthy recipients.

“Having worked with over 650 business owners through the Owner Manager Programme, we know the impact this programme will have on these owners and their businesses,” he says.

The Owner Manager Programme is a five month journey where owner-managers develop business skills, address issues in the company and hone their business plan to drive the business forward to greater success.

Owner-managers learn from more than 30 business experts and the content is a mixture of business theory and practical experience.

The Icehouse is a business growth hub. It works with a wide range of businesses at various stages of growth - from entrepreneurs launching new ventures through to successful owner-managers wanting to take their business to the next level.

The 36th Owner Manager Programme Scholarship recipients are as follows:

  • Abel Bulter: HealthPost
  • Lisa Plato: Plato Creative
  • Brenda Boyer: Freedom Flooring
  • Richard Mulvey: Highford Marketing Group
  • Rickie Pike: We Can Precision Engineering

Scholarship applications for the Owner Manager Programme 37 are now open. To find out more go to