Posts Tagged ‘vero’

Solving the Business Winter Blues

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Viva-Lite LogoVero Excellence in Business Support Awards Finalist Viva-Lite has silently built a strong and loyal customer base with so-called “Full Spectrum Lights” – products aimed at solving typical effects caused by lack of natural light, often also referred to as “Winter Blues”.

Toby Ruckert and his partner Margit Brusda moved to Waiheke from Germany in 2003 and with them they brought ‘Viva-Lite’ – their light bulb producing company that specialises in full-spectrum lighting to assist businesses whose employees suffer from headaches, eyestrain and stress.

“People can get very low emotionally in the middle of winter due to the lack of natural light,” says Toby. “People feel entirely different working under these lights as they reduce tiredness and mood swings especially if it relates to the winter blues. But the lights also improve energy levels.”

The idea of Full Spectrum Lighting isn’t new. During the 20th century the US Navy was actively researching methods to combat diseases commonly appearing on submarines where no natural daylight exposure for the crew is available for many weeks – or even months. Ultimately NASA provided a solution by creating the first natural daylight simulating tubes with added UV output to help the crew stay healthy even without actual daylight access. (more…)


PM to present Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Viva-Lite is a Finalist in the Vero AwardsThe Prime Minister of New Zealand, Hon John Key will present the Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards on 28 May in Auckland at a black-tie gala dinner attended by 600 business leaders. VIVA-LITE is a finalist in the awards and will be attenting the Auckland Business Expo as well.

“Our small and medium businesses play a critical part in our economy, the Prime Minister told Bizzone managing director Sarah Trotman, organiser of the awards. “They provide Kiwis with the essential goods and services they need. They help drive innovation across our economy. And they can become – with good leadership and support – our large businesses of tomorrow.

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Finalists win from being excellent

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Viva-Lite FinalistTips on how to be an excellent organisation were shared at a breakfast for this year’s Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards finalists on 11 February where Viva-Lite is a finalist.

Vero CEO Roger Bell, who hosted the breakfast, told guests that the awards are getting stronger every year as businesses get more competitive.

“People have seen their competitors enter and have followed suit,” he says. “Business people now realise that if New Zealand is to be world class they need to follow a framework that engenders excellence. And with these awards you don’t end up just being be excellent in one area alone like customer services; excellence goes right across leadership, strategy, your people, your processes and the way you handle knowledge and information and of course the results from all of those elements.”

All 49 finalists agreed that being “excellent” is vital for the growth and prosperity of their organisations; providing excellent business support is key so that businesses don’t just compete on price but on the quality of their offering.

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Lighting up Other Lives

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Toby and Margit in Palm BeachA career as a concert pianist was put on the backburner when Toby Ruckert and his partner Margit Brusda chose to light up peoples lives. Moving to Waiheke in 2003 they brought with them ‘Viva-Lite’. Their light bulb producing company that specialises in full-spectrum lighting to assist businesses whose employees suffer from headaches, eyestrain and stress.

“People can get very low emotionally in the middle of winter due to the lack of natural light,” says Toby. “People feel entirely different working under these lights as they reduce tiredness and mood swings especially if it relates to the winter blues. But the lights also improve energy levels.”

Toby and Margit say that small businesses can reduce the number of sick days by changing their lighting. “For people who get headaches in the office, this improves them. Normal fluoro tubes only have three colours and we try to bring in as much of the suns natural spectrum as possible.”

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