Engineering Business Growth

Based in Udy St, their workshop is not what you’d expect from a traditional engineering shop. It’s super well organised, spotlessly clean, with a diverse team of people turning out all sorts of engineering. Serving the Wellington region, Petone Engineering, often work closely with builders and designers to manufacture and install structural steel beams for residential homes.

It all began with an Advisory Board

Helen began working with Petone Engineering through Advisory Boards NZ at the beginning of 2016. This involved NZTE partly-funded coaching for Petone Engineering’s owner, Chris Molenaar and his CFO Matt Bliss on the best way to set up an Advisory Board.


Petone Engineering’s Advisory Board is made up of:

  • The business owner
  • A finance and reporting role
  • An industry representative with extensive experience in business growth
  • A marketing role (Helen) who also took on the Chairperson role


The Advisory Board initial focus has been on supporting business growth and establishing scalable and practical management processes.


Fast Track to Success

Marketing had always been a challenge. Therefore, Petone Engineering called on Synthesis for a Marketing Communications Package. Tied this to their strategy, their package integrates both digital and traditional marketing channels, including:

Providing Support

After just 3 months of working within the Marketing Communications Package, we conducted a report of all communications for Petone Engineering’s Advisory Board and found phenomenal results:

  • Regular posting of Facebook is driving engagement in growing numbers.
  • Newsletters are generating great feedback from customers.
  • Onsite photos and photos of staff working are enjoyed by both clients and staff.
  • Case Studies promoted through multiple channels increase traffic to the website.

Great Results

Due to a more structured to approach to the overall business as well as implementing a simple, regular and well thought out marketing programme, Petone Engineering has seen some exponential growth this year.

For them, this has meant expanding from a team of five to a team of ten and doubling the floor space of their workshop and investing in a variety of new machines.

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