Handy Manners is a Finalist, Please vote

Handy Manners is a Finalist, Please vote

Handy Manners was nominated for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards and I have been interviewed as a finalist in the Community Contribution category for the great work we are doing. It’s been less than 2 years and so far we’ve hired 27 people resulting in 17 stories of major life improvements from working for Handy Manners.

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  • According to Statistics New Zealand, South Auckland has the highest per capita frequency of skilled manual labourers in the country.
  • According to Statistics New Zealand, South Auckland has the highest per capita frequency of people on the benefit in the country.
  • According to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Auckland has the highest frequency of businesses filing for bankruptcy because they can’t find skilled manual labourers to do the work.

These 3 things should not be able to coexist in the same place at the same time, but they do.

I spent the last 15 years sitting down with people and listening. Then I want around to local employers and listened. I spoke to people in government. Finally I decided I had to do something, so I started Handy Manners.

On the surface, Handy Manners is a simple home repair company. Our point of difference in the market is that we take care of people. Turns out, painting kitchens and unblocking your toilet is not rocket science. The important thing is to show up on time and be courteous as you do a good job.

Behind the scenes, Handy Manners is a social enterprise to create jobs for people who feel like they are unwanted in the workplace. I hire homeless people, single dads, older men, good people who fell on hard times and are struggling to regain enough dignity to face their issues and rebuild their lives. Simply put, I take better care of my workers so they take better care of my customers.

So far I’ve hired 27 people and from that I have 17 stories of major life improvements from the experience of working with me. We are delivering quality service and most of our business comes from returns and referrals, and we are giving people dignity.

Handy Manners is now being recognised for this work and we need your help. We have been nominated for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards and we are now a finalist in the Community Contribution for the work we do in the community. There is a judged and a people’s choice component and we need your votes. We are trying to prove that we can make more money by being kind to people than our competitors can by using people. Please help me with my vision to create a kinder way of doing business. Please vote, share and ask all your friends to vote for Handy Manners and help me show the world that we can make money by taking care of people.

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