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Red Bins best in Waipa

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Murray and Kaylene Bain
RED BINS owners Murray and Kaylene Bain with the spoils of this year’s 2008 Waipa Networks Business Awards. TC150708DT02

BY DEAN TAYLOR

When Red Bins owners Murray and Kaylene Bain prepared their entry to the 2008 Waipa Networks Business Awards they were hoping to do well in the Emerging New Business category. At Friday’s night’s ceremony in Te Awamutu they did better than that, taking out the top prize - 2008 Supreme Winners.

The local company has just celebrated its first year in business and (coincidentally) features in today’s Courier centrespread to promote this Saturday’s opening of their Paterangi Road premises.

On Friday night they were over the moon with the award - especially as they thought their chances were all over when they didn’t make the final three in Emerging New Business. But they did make the final three of Best Small Business in Waipa and won the Excellence in Marketing for Waipa before being named Supreme Winners.

The Bains say the key to their success is being a locally owned company meeting the needs of its community. Mr Bain worked for fourand- a-half years for Waste Management, but left when they were taken over by Australian owners. Initially the couple thought the growth would be in servicing waste needs of the rural sector - specifically cowshed bins which no one else was providing. But as they started to develop Red Bins it became obvious the needs of the community were far wider. They also found people wanted to deal with someone they knew - a firm owned and run by locals.

Mr Bain was born and educated in Te Awamutu, and his wife Kaylene came to the town with her family as a two-year-old — but the level of support still amazes them. They say they make a determine effort to do all their business in Te Awamutu and for the most part that is paying off for them.

Today’s feature highlights how far the business has come in a year - they now offer a full range of refuse disposal services. And when it comes to service they won’t be beaten — such as same day bin service, helping people unload, or even back a trailer, at the transfer station and providing facilities for clients to clean their trailers etc and themselves after unloading.