Small Business Focus

3 small business owners on challenges they face (and lessons they learned)

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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

Groucho Marx

Ray White (standing in for Bruce Whitfield) interviewed three small business owners on The Money Show about the biggest lessons they learned since taking the entrepreneurship plunge.

Clinton Verhoog - Delectables

Verhoog is a chef.

He owns and operates Delectables, an upmarket catering and events company offering unique and innovative service to its customers.

Chris Williamson - Trader Vic

Trader Vic is a one-stop personal protective equipment supplier and wholesaler of industrial footwear, gumboots and rainwear.

They have a patent on a specialist protector for gumboots that they fit post-manufacture.

Colwyn Savings, African Thread Tape

African Thread Tape makes and distributes PTFE (Teflon) thread seal tape, also known as "plumbers tape".

The business started as importers and distributors of this tape.

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