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Sims & Blue Feature in New Zealand Painter & Decorator Magazine - 1st Aug 2020

Sims & Blue Limited featured as the cover story in the August 2020 edition of the New Zealand Painter & Decorator Magazine. Our feature outlined the next evolution of the company, what makes Sims & Blue the strong performer it is today, an the addition of another of John's sons back to the company. 


The Next Evolution of Sims & Blue Limited

Established in 1962 by John Sims and Gilbert Blue, Sims & Blue Limited of Dunedin is an iconic Dunedin firm. The driving force behind Sims & Blue Limited has been John, who has been at the helm for every moment of the companies 58 year history.  During this time John has helped train over 100 apprentices in the trade, many who are now running their own very successful businesses with their own quality reputations in both the Dunedin and the Central Otago regions.

The firm has stood the test of time, keeping properties all over the Otago and District regions looking sharp for many years. Sims & Blue Limited are proud to be lifelong members of the New Zealand Master Painters Association with John also serving as president in 1993.

However, as we know time stops for no man, and the firm must evolve and move with the times. At the ripe age of 80, John is now stepping aside from the everyday running of the company. This is where two of John’s sons step in.

Glenn Sims has been involved with the company for 35+ years, having been brought up in the painting industry through the family business. Glenn will be managing the team on site, interacting with the clients, and measuring the work. Glenn understands what it takes to keep a job on track and keep the client informed and happy.  Glenn also has a wealth of knowledge around both new work as well as something that is dear to our hearts here in Dunedin, the classic wooden villa. Taking the time to restore an old wooden villa to its former glory is a skill not everyone possesses; however lead by John and more recently Glenn, this is something Sims & Blue Limited excels at.

John’s youngest son Nathan Sims has recently re-joined the company after a break of a few years whilst travelling and furthering his knowledge. During this time Nathan spent 5 years as an accounts analyst with the Aotea Group of Companies, mainly Aotea Security NZ Ltd. Though this time Nathan built a wealth of knowledge around accounting, process management, and getting the best out of a team. He is now eager to use these skills at Sims & Blue Limited into the future. Nathan’s first goals will be streamlining processes, making things seamless and stress-free for their clients, and bringing the business into the 21st century.  

John of course will still be involved as a senior mentor to the team. Keeping an eye on everything and making sure the key foundations of the company remain the same and at the forefront of everything they do. The key foundations being quality workmanship; preparation is key, communication with the client, and doing the job right the first time.

Sims & Blue Limited is now set up for the next generation. Currently the firm has a very solid forward work load, and with their team of 10+ quality Master Painters, will be busy painting the homes of Dunedin for many years to come.

Link to the full August issue here,


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