Legend: From Electric Fences to Global Success: The Sir William Gallagher Story

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The story of New Zealand's most successful exporter and its head, Bill Gallagher, who built on the invention of an electric fence to make the company a world leader in its field.

 
Legend: From Electric Fences to Global Success: The Sir William Gallagher Story, Paul Goldsmith

The story of New Zealand's most successful exporter and its head, Bill Gallagher, who built on the invention of an electric fence to make the company a world leader in its field.

New Zealanders are always being exhorted to take a clever idea and go global. Easier said than done. But one iconic company has been doing just that for over 75 years. Gallagher Industries began in a Hamilton shed in the late 1930s, when a self-taught engineer, Bill Gallagher, came up with a design for an electric fence that transformed New Zealand farming.

His sons Bill junior and John took over the business in the 1970s and applied their engineering genius and driving ambition to turn it into one of this country's most successful companies. Today it employs 600 staff in New Zealand and has distributes its animal containment and security products worldwide. Even Buckingham Palace is protected by a Gallagher security system!

Based on a ceaseless quest for efficiency and world-beating new technology, Gallagher products are peerless, and the company's achievements the stuff of envy. And along the way Bill Gallagher, now Sir William, has managed to have plenty of adventure -- including diving for sunken treasure with Wade Doak and the late Kelly Tarlton.

This fascinating book tells how Kiwi can-do can be transformed into global success — and for the long haul. It hasn't been easy: more than once Gallagher has had to pull his business back from the brink, but his inspired leadership got it through.

Other companies may fall to overseas owners or lose their way but under Sir William Gallagher, Gallagher Industries — resourceful, nimble and generous in its philanthropy — is a proud New Zealand business that's here to stay.

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    ISBN: 9781775533368
    Published: 01/03/2013
    Imprint: Random House NZ
    Extent: 420 pages
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"Through hard and good times, this book reflects the huge changes in the New Zealand economy over the past four decades. This is recommended reading for anyone with ambitions to succeed in business. - Tony Verdon, Northland Report." - Tony Verdon, Northland Report

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Paul Goldsmith

Paul Goldsmith

Paul Goldsmith has written extensively about the lives of leading New Zealand businessmen and political figures, as well as about aspects of Maori history and politics. In November 2011 he was elected as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland with his wife, Melissa, and their four children. His previous books are: John Banks — a biography; TN Gibbs; Gibbs — New Zealand roots; The Rise and Fall of Te Hemara Tauhia; Brash — the biography; The Myers (with Michael Bassett); We Won, You Lost, Eat That! A political history of tax in New Zealand since 1840; Stress and Enterprise —the career of Richard Izard; Puketutu and its People (with Michael Bassett); Fletchers — a centennial history of Fletcher Building; Serious Fun — the life and times of Alan Gibbs; and Legend — the Sir William Gallagher story. See www.paulgoldsmith.co.nz.

Reviewing Serious Fun, the biography of outspoken free-marketeer business reformer, Aquada inventor, and owner of famous contemporary sculpture park The Farm, Alan Gibbs, the Daily Post praised Goldsmith for seeing ‘through the bluff and bluster of Gibb's public persona to reveal a true Kiwi individualist'. New Zealand Business declared it ‘entertaining and thought-provoking'.

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