Business Academy

Building Business Resilience

Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the SI Academy, the Business Improvement Service that helps businesses in Taranaki achieve their full potential. Our 6-month course is designed to cater specifically to businesses that have been operating for 2-3 years and have more than 4 staff. We understand that at this stage, businesses are looking to take their operations to the next level and need the guidance and support of experts in various fields.

The Best of the Best

At SI Academy, we have partnered with leading advisors from all over New Zealand to bring you the best in HR, culture, finance, marketing, policy & procedure and social media. Our team of experts will work with you to identify areas of improvement and implement strategies to help you achieve your business goals.

Growth and Profitability

Our program is specifically designed for business owners who are looking for tangible results. Our goal is to help you achieve growth, profitability, and sustainability. We understand that every business is unique, which is why we offer customised solutions tailored to your specific needs.

The Full Circle

Our course is not just about learning new strategies and techniques; it’s also about building relationships and connections within the business community. We believe that networking is an essential component of success, which is why we provide opportunities to connect with other like-minded business owners.

Our base in New Plymouth allows us to provide local support to businesses in the whole of the Taranaki Region. We are passionate about helping local businesses thrive and believe that by working together, we can build a stronger, more prosperous community.

Don’t let your business plateau; let the SI Academy help you reach your full potential. Contact Floyd today on 021 195 5037 to learn more about our program and how we can help your business grow.

Limited Spaces

At the SI Academy, we believe in providing personalised attention to each of our clients. That’s why we only accept 4-5 businesses for each course. This allows us to tailor our advice and guidance to your specific needs and ensure that you receive a completely bespoke service.

Our small class size also allows for more in-depth discussions and workshops, giving you ample opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback. We believe that this level of individual attention is essential to achieving maximum results and ensuring that you get the most out of our program.

So, if you’re looking for a tailored, customised approach to business improvement, look no further than the SI Academy. Our limited class size ensures that you receive the personalized attention and support you need to take your business to the next level.


At Schurr Ireland, we understand that running a business can be challenging, which is why our 6-month course is structured to be as convenient and effective as possible. Our course is held once per month, and each session covers a specific area of business improvement, such as finance or marketing.

Our expert advisors will provide in-depth training and guidance on each area, giving you the tools and knowledge you need to take your business to the next level. Our sessions are designed to be interactive, allowing you to ask questions, share your experiences, and learn from other business owners in the course.

Huge Value for Money

But that’s not all, we also believe in providing personalized attention to each of our clients. That’s why, following each monthly session, you’ll have the opportunity to book a 1:1 business session with our business leader team, Donna Yeats and Floyd Wicksteed.

During these 1:1 sessions, you’ll receive personalized advice and guidance tailored to your specific business needs. Our team will work with you to identify areas of improvement and develop a customised plan to help you achieve your goals.

100% Success and Satisfaction

We take great pride in the success of our clients, and we’re pleased to say that we’ve had a 100% success and satisfaction rate from our previous courses. We believe that our success is a testament to the quality of our program, the expertise of our advisors, and our commitment to providing personalized attention and support to each of our clients. Our goal is to ensure that every business owner who participates in our course receives the guidance and tools they need to achieve their business goals and realise their full potential.


But don’t just take our word for it. We invite you to read the testimonials of our previous clients on our website to see the impact that our program has had on their businesses. From increased profitability and productivity to improved culture and customer satisfaction, our clients have seen significant improvements in all areas of their business.

We believe that every business has the potential for success, and we’re committed to helping you unlock that potential. Contact us today to learn more about our program and how we can help you take your business to the next level.

Floyd Wicksteed

Floyd is a highly regarded business leader with a strong track record of success. He has over 15 years of experience in the finance industry, including having worked in both the UK and New Zealand.  In addition, he has extensive experience in business strategy, operations, and risk management.

At SI Academy, Floyd brings his expertise to the table to help businesses achieve their goals. He has a deep understanding of the challenges that businesses face and uses his knowledge to develop practical solutions that drive growth and success. Floyd is a great communicator and collaborator, and he works closely with each of his clients to develop customised plans that meet their unique needs.

Floyd has a passion for continuous improvement. He is constantly seeking out new ideas and approaches to help his clients stay ahead of the curve. He is also committed to building long-term relationships with his clients and is always available to provide guidance and support whenever it’s needed.

If you’re looking for a trusted advisor who can help you take your business to the next level, look no further than Floyd Wicksteed. Join the SI Academy today and gain access to his expertise, as well as that of other leading advisors in their fields.

Donna Yeats

Donna is a highly respected business leader with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She has worked on over 50 business success stories in New Zealand and has a proven track record of helping businesses achieve their goals. Donna has a wealth of experience in HR, finance, marketing, and business strategy, and she brings a unique perspective to the table, having worked in both the UK and New Zealand. 

What sets Donna apart is her great personality and her genuine passion for helping businesses succeed. She takes the time to get to know each of her clients personally and works closely with them to develop tailored solutions that meet their unique needs. Her clients appreciate her thoughtful approach, attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to their success.

Whether you’re looking to improve your financial performance, build a stronger team, or develop a winning marketing strategy, Donna has the skills and experience to help you achieve your goals. Join the SI Academy today and gain access to Donna’s expertise, as well as that of other leading advisors in their fields.