Award winning firm stakes its claim

Award winning firm stakes its claim
Harding Construction won the medium business award at the 2018 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. From left, Brad Sugars (Chairman and Founder of ActionCOACH), Heather and Simon Harding (Harding Construction), and Jules Radich (ActionCOACH business coach, Dunedin).

Commitment to delivering excellent service and a passion for making a difference in the community seems to be a winning formula for young Timaru company Harding Construction, which after just five years in business, has received many accolades.
Its latest recognition is winning the medium business award at the 2018 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Judges commended the company’s management, self-awareness, social responsibility, and bright future.
Harding Construction’s tag line – “on time, on budget, no surprises” – is key to the whole company’s culture.
“When we started Harding Construction we were aware of the common complaints about building companies – that they went over time, over budget, and customers had no idea what was happening,” says Heather. “We decided to break that mould.”
Heather emphasises that this philosophy affects every aspect of the company. “The devil is in the detail. We know if we get the small things right the rest will fl ow from there.”
Heather says Harding Construction is not just a mum and dad business trying to make some money for the family, but is also there to make a positive difference to the world.
The company isn’t just building buildings, it is also working to build communities. “It’s not just about money in – money out, it’s about making a difference and leaving a legacy,” Heather says.
“We feel passionately about it. As well as supporting our local community we also partner with the global initiative Buy1Give1 (B1G1), which focuses on business for good.”
Heather is on the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce board and the executive committee of Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand, South Canterbury branch. “These two groups provide strategic support to both our industry and the local economy,” says Heather.
“It’s a privilege to be involved with them at this level and help make a positive difference.” Harding Construction is now out of its establishment phase and seeking to increase its market presence and workload.
“We need to be strategic in our decision making,” says Heather. “We operate in a competitive market.
South Canterbury has the highest number of builders per capita in the country. There are opportunities, but it pays to be aware of the risks, as well.” One opportunity the Hardings intend to develop comes through their association with Coresteel Buildings.
“Our Coresteel Buildings’ franchise enables us to offer customers a design-build service for high quality, large-scale steel buildings,” she says.
All Coresteel structural design and engineering is done in-house. The structural kitsets are manufactured and pre-cut in Whangarei ready to bolt together on site. These are advantages that can potentially save time and money for clients.
“It’s a great product and with the national supply agreements Coresteel has in place for cladding, joinery and the like, it’s a very competitive offering,” says Heather.
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