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Sims & Blue BCITO Apprentice Training Update - 1st Jul 2021

Training apprentices is something that is dear to our hearts at Sims & Blue.

Currently we have three of our team who are completing their apprenticeships. These three are progressing well through their record keeping, and have got block courses coming up in the next month.  

Yesterday a catch up was held with the new BCITO training advisor and the apprentices to introduce the new app based record system and check in on progress with each of them. 

Keep up the top work!



Nathan Sims Completes PainterCraft Trust Advanced Training Course - 30th Jun 2021

"The PainterCraft Trust was established over 50 years ago by Lewis Berger and since that time has continued to provide business management training to recently qualified trades persons as well as "Masters" advanced training to business managers and owners".

The Trust is fully endorsed and supported by the Master Painters New Zealand Association Inc and is fully funded by Dulux New Zealand.

In 2021 Nathan Sims was accepted into the course with 11 other young applicants from around New Zealand. It was a busy week full of business topics and presentations, and included a tour of the Aspiring Walls and Dulux factories. 

Nathan joins John Sims, Glenn Sims, and Colin Aitken in having completed this course with Sims & Blue Limited. 

Sims & Blue Features in NZ House & Garden Magazine - 24th Jun 2021

Sims & Blue recently featured in the July 2021 edition of the NZ House & Garden Magazine. 


We were lucky to be able to work with our client on this immaculately presented Dunedin villa. 


The team is proud to be part of such a great project and have their workmanship feature. 


Well done to all involved!

Sims & Blue Indoor Cricket Club Celebrations - 11th Jun 2021

Born out of a Sims & Blue workplace social indoor cricket side, the Sims & Blue Indoor Cricket Club has now been hitting the court for over 36 years.

John, Glenn and Nathan have all been heavily involved in the club for many years, and on Friday evening held the clubs first celebration evening including a match between the current side and a team of Sims & Blue Legends. 

The event attracted over 60 players and supporters, and was enjoyed by all. 

The match itself was closely fought, with the current side victorious 102 to 93.

We all look forward to repeating this event in 2022. 

Sims & Blue Prepares for 60th Year - 1st May 2021

2022 marks 60 years in business for Sims & Blue Limited. Having been formed in 1962, the company has gone through many highs and lows, however always come out the other side and stayed true to doing the job properly and looking after their clients.

Planning is now underway organising celebrations for amazing achievement by John and the team. 

Further update to follow. 

Sims & Blue Entries for Master Painters National Awards - 30th Apr 2021

This year we have decided to enter a number of our completed projects into the Master Painters New Zealand National Awards. 

In the past we have been successful in the few that we have entered, however this year we made the decision to enter 10 of our projects into the competition. We are very proud of our work as a team, and the competition is something that everyone is very interested in. 

Our entries encompass rework exterior and interior work, new commercial and rework commercial, also a timberwork entry. 

Our entries are a snapshot of what we have completed, but what is pleasing from our point of view is that these entries include the workmanship of our entire team, not just a few individuals. So this entry is from our company as a whole which includes some team members who have been with the firm for over 25 years and three apprentices.

Initial viewing by the judges has been positive, and we hope come September that we might take home some awards. 

Watch this space!


Sims & Blue become Accredited Wallcoverings Master Applicators - 6th Jan 2021

Hanging wallpaper and wallcoverings is something we have been doing for a long time at Sims & Blue Limited. 

In 2020 the Master Painters New Zealand released a new accreditation that acknowledges this skill a company holds through the Wallcoverings Master Applicator accreditation. 

With 7 of our team being experienced and skilled in hanging wallpaper and wallcoverings, the accreditation was something that we wanted associated with our company. 

In January 2021 we were awarded with this. 

Sims & Blue Overcomes Covid-19 - 31st Oct 2020

Sims & Blue Overcomes Covid-19

The news of Covid-19 and the lockdowns came as a shock to many around New Zealand. There were many unknowns for everyone, including how it would affect small businesses. 

Lockdown for Sims & Blue meant no work could be completed. Jobs were left at a point, and our team were at home. We kept in touch with all of the team to see how they were coping, and update them on the current state of affairs in terms of work. 

Once the lockdown levels were lifted we were able to get back into the swing of things. This meant completing the jobs that had been on hold for lockdown, and then working on the backlog of work that also was unable to be completed. 

The safety of both our team and our clients has been paramount since lockdown and to this day. We always touch base to make sure the clients are happy for us to enter their home, and masks are still worn where necessary. 

Our workload after lockdown has been very heavy. With the inability of overseas travel in the current climate, homeowners are spending their funds on refreshing and renovating their properties. 

We at Sims & Blue hope that the Covid-19 pandemic starts to come under control around the World, and life as normal can resume for all. 

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