Marcela and Ana are both from South America and joined English Language Partners’ “English for Employees” class this year for the first time. They say the class has been very helpful – especially for their new business.
Marcela and Ana started Peacock Event & Function Hire in December 2017 after seeing a business opportunity when helping to organise a friend’s wedding.
They wanted to offer more choices and flexibility, so that they can cater for personalised needs. They also work closely with other local businesses so that photography, florists, cakes, celebrants, dresses, and even flower girls can be arranged.
Marcela says proudly, “We can offer everything – we can also offer advice on design of decoration as well.” Ana says there is a definite difference in preferences between the Kiwis and the Latinos. “Kiwi people tend to go for neutral colours, so often there are no other choices offered, usually black or white.”
They have organised several parties and weddings in New Plymouth area so far. Most of their clients found them by word of mouth, and they promote through Facebook page, website, and the Latino community. Since Marcela and Ana have family to look after, they would be happy if they could have a couple of weekly bookings. “We would like to build business gradually.”
They are focusing on promotion now, and developing as a boutique/niche business. A potential Wellington-based client is organising his wedding in Coromandel, and they are consulting with him currently.
Marcela and Ana both say the English for Employees class helped them to learn Kiwi business culture including Kiwi slang, business phrases, and business emails. They both feel that learning to use more “polite” or “indirect” expressions was an important lesson in dealing with Kiwi customers. Ana describes the different approach between Peru and New Zealand: “We just say open the window in my country instead of asking “do you mind if I open the window?”.
Their teacher, Phillipa Watt, teaches tailor-made units for people in business including professional phrases in written correspondences, NZ business culture and ethics, different business structures, and has done research on successful business women in NZ.
Peacock Event & Function Hire www.peacockhire.com
If you are looking to improve your English for the New Zealand workplace, our English for Employees course is for you!
ENGLISH FOR EMPLOYEES
- 2-4 hours per week (45-hour course, flexible hours)
- For people with a job (full-time, part-time, casually/seasonally or self-employed)
- Improve your workplace English
- Qualified teachers
- Small classes
- For New Zealand citizens and residents
- Free programme
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