Peter Wintringham is a man with plans that are executed with precision. Starting from the age of sixteen he has mapped his pathway towards a successful future, pursuing his dreams and passions with conviction.

Pete’s journey started at the end of a broom in an engineering workshop where his fascination with welding saw him practising welds during his lunchbreak. Eager to get on the tools fulltime Pete wasn’t going to wait around for a paid apprenticeship, opting instead to pay for his own. By the age of twenty he’d set himself up with a contracting business and purchased his first home. At the age of twenty-two Pete’s outlook on life was shaken when he found himself in the midst of the Bali bombing and decided he wanted to get out there and see a bit more of the world. Selling up his house to go and explore Pete wanted to make sure he didn’t lose everything he’d worked so hard for, so he based himself in the industrial hub of Birmingham and worked in engineering departments at a chemical plant and a titanium manufacturing plant to develop his career and see the world, gaining experience he would otherwise never get in New Zealand. After ten years Pete and his partner drove around the world on their way back home to New Zealand.

Reigniting his business TIG Stainless Ltd in 2014 Pete has gone from strength to strength putting in many hours to grow his business with a reputation that is ‘stainless’. Pete specialises in servicing, building and installation of critical-hygiene engineering and welding, taking on projects from some of the largest local food, dairy and chemical producers.

After seeing the Advanced Accounting Business Development Group (BDG) advertised and attending the pre-taster course, Pete thought he’d give it a go, especially since CEDA funding was available which was a useful incentive. Pete wanted to experience how other businesses navigated their way through challenges and found the breathing room away from the intensity of his workload to be a welcome change. He felt he always came away feeling more positive and recognised that business can be a really, lonely and isolating place. Connecting with other people and observing other’s strengths and weaknesses was very fulfilling and of great value. It’s also an aspect of business development that Pete is interested in continuing.

A new vantage point helped Pete look at his business overall and helped him make some necessary changes. He realised that “you don’t know what you don’t know” after being exposed to new ideas and good guidance from Aaran. Help with identifying time-consuming tasks that he could easily outsource led to making some great choices towards freeing up some time.

After regularly working more than eighty hours per week Pete is finally having weekends off, managing his time better, being more structured and is thinking about what type of lifestyle he wants to have. He has also recognised how crucial it is to have time to spend on your business rather than just working in it and he has been working on putting good systems in place and streamlining processes. Having completed the course Pete knows what areas he needs to work on and the content he has come away with gives him constant access to the information.

Pete drives himself at full speed and holds himself to impeccably high-standards and making the choice to grow his team has been a tough one. After attending BDG he felt encouraged to make the decision and he’s proud of the two tradespeople he’s brought on to join his team which he selected for their high-quality workmanship.

Gaining new tools to examine and assess your business and identify weaknesses as well as networking with other business people were really worthwhile aspects of BDG and Peter would recommend it to other business owners.

The future for TIG Stainless Ltd is to continue developing their cutting-edge technology and grow the team so that polished, high-quality work can continue to be delivered in a high demand industry.