HARDER THAN CONCRETE - AS TOLD TO HUGH DE LACY
Harder Than Concrete tells of the struggles founders Lance and Carolyn Canute (CC) encounter in their pursuit to establish and expand Canzac.
It recounts the unconventional path of a young, budding kiwi entrepreneur, who leaves school at 15 and his home at 18 to travel abroad. Along the way, an unlikely friendship ignites a lifelong passion within the construction industry and just as everything seems to be going to plan, life takes an unexpected turn.
Returning to New Zealand in a bleak job market, he tries his hand as a fast-food business owner, only to find that even the world of fast food has its critics. With little interest in improving his cooking, he decides to shut the business, but not before realising that he had won over one customer, a shy, unassuming girl who eventually shows what she’s made of when she asks him out. It’s not long before her loyalty and quiet determination is put to the test as they set up house, start some questionable sideline businesses and spend their entire savings on some Super-Tie formwork systems. Supported only by her medical practice wages they anxiously await for the orders to roll in. From product lines, upsizing and company takeovers, would these risks pay off and just how long would it take this concrete rebel with a cause?
An insightful story, full of witty, down-to-earth anecdotes that have been cleverly crafted and interwoven into the political and historical landscape of the time, by award-winning Christchurch journalist Hugh de Lacy.
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