Nearly 20 years ago Karen and Jason McGrath decided to launch a business growing sprouts from the garage of their home in Springfield. In the early years, as Karen and Jason were establishing Southern Alp Sprouts, they experienced some failures and were told by many to give up, as commercially growing sprouts is notoriously tricky.
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However, they believed in what they were doing and adopted a ‘failure is not an option’ mentality. Jason is the innovator and over the years has designed, built, and adapted solutions to help improve the growing and production of the sprouts. This in turn contributes towards greater business efficiency.
Fast forward to today, and what was originally a home-based business operating out of a garage, is now the biggest producer of sprouts in the South Island. Operating out of a state-of-the-art, semi-automated facility, Southern Alp Sprouts supplies Foodstuffs, Progressive Enterprises, My Food Bag and all the main wholesalers throughout the South Island.
As a family, they had an accountant who had been with them from the beginning. He had become a firm friend and, in many ways, their mentor. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly a year ago, and Karen and Jason suddenly found themselves needing another accountancy firm to step in and take up the financial reins for them.
“Leech & Partners were recommended to us” says Karen. “We were extremely nervous to start with as they had to learn about all of our business interests, and they hit the ground running from day one.” However, Karen and Jason didn’t need to worry. “Leech & Partners have been amazing, we have a personal accountant, and the wider team are great to work with. Most importantly, there was no business disruption at all.”
Leech & Partners were aware they were appointed at a difficult time and they have been working hard to make the transition as easy as possible, and fill the gap of losing a valued business partner. Appreciating the opportunity to be involved with such an established and successful business, Leech & Partners are now proud to be a trusted advisor to Karen and Jason. “Southern Alp Sprouts are a good client to deal with because they are open to and appreciate good advice.”