Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Horncastle Homes downsizes as retirement looms

Contributor:
Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Horncastle Homes is taking a new business direction and exiting the volume home building business in both Auckland and Christchurch.

Owner Bill Horncastle is looking to slow down his business life and focus on other opportunities, niche building projects and life interests.

The company will continue to honour all its commitments and obligations.

Bill Horncastle, after 40 years in the industry, believes now is the right time to take a step back from running such a high energy business.

"I have been thinking about this for a considerable time and looking at every option.

"I have looked at selling the business or organising a management buyout but both options would probably mean I need to stay heavily involved for another three to five years which is just too long.

"I know many will think it strange that I just want to downsize and not realise any profit from the business, but for me it is the easiest option.

"My name is so intricately entwined with the business that options such as selling and management buyouts are not as easy as they seem.

"We have built this business on quality and we will continue to deliver a quality product and service until the end.

"With the business in such a strong financial position, now is considered the best time to downsize. The house construction market is cyclical and the last several years have been extremely buoyant. Our balance sheets are strong," he said.

"We will continue to downsize but will still deliver the premium service we have based our business around," he said.

Horncastle is totally committed to its sponsorship of the Horncastle Arena, which expires in two years.

"We took up this sponsorship of the Christchurch Horncastle Arena during post earthquakes times when Christchurch needed a place for people to meet and be entertained. We are proud of that investment," he said.

All articles and comments on Voxy.co.nz have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us through our contact form if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.

Personal Finance guides from guide2.co.nz

The latest money guides from authoritative New Zealand sources: Investing, KiwiSaver & Saving, Managing Money, Home Loans, Credit Cards, Tax.

Links will take you to guide2.co.nz.

Connect with Voxy

Voxy on Google Plus     Join Voxy on Google+.

 

Credit Card Comparison TablesCompare Credit Cards - Interest rate and fees comparisons for New Zealand banks.