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A clean start in Taranaki

Ten months after taking the plunge into business ownership, Vrinda and Sandeep Sharma couldn’t be happier with their decision to take over New Plymouth based cleaning business CrestClean. They feel similarly about working with Heartland Bank, whose Open for Business loan made the venture possible.

“We arrived here from India in 2014 and spent our first few years working in Tauranga and visiting parts of New Zealand, looking for a business and location that suited us,” says Vrinda. “We liked Tauranga but, having lived in big cities, we were looking to live in a smaller community.”

Both of Himalayan heritage, Vrinda says the couple didn’t make it much past the Taranaki region in their quest – they quickly fell in love with Mount Taranaki and a desire to move to the smaller town of New Plymouth wasn’t far behind.

Vrinda says that that, from there, everything seemed to just fall into place. “We didn’t anticipate getting into the cleaning industry, but the CrestClean franchise opportunity seemed like a great option – it combined the support and guidance of an existing business model with the independence to manage it ourselves.”

CrestClean also provided the couple with a highly recommended finance option – Heartland Bank’s Open for Business loan – and Vrinda says the process was more simple and pleasant than she could have imagined.

“It was so quick and easy. We were in constant email communication with our contact person, Sean Cunneen, and he provided great customer service,” says Vrinda. “We would highly recommend Heartland Bank. It’s a great option for anyone wanting a hassle-free loan application or anyone who needs a head start for a new business.”
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